It just dawned on me that I’ve taken some newspapers to task for the use of insider jargon to assuage their ethical codes, while not really giving the reader any useful information, but I haven’t necessarily done the same for this blog. There are a couple of things you should know. Think of this short post as “How to read this blog.” (I’m going to crosspost this as a standalone page, and I’ll link it under that title in the index bar at left.)
The indented stuff in posts…
…which appears like this with the little graphic on the left hand side…
…is copy-and-pasted quotes from other sources. Where the quote has been truncated, I’ll use either ellipses or, if longer pieces have been omitted, I’ll put in ~snip~.
All quotes are sourced, usually just before the quoted material, with a link to the original. If there are several related quotes from a number of different sources, all of them will be sourced and linked. (I’m hoping that if you find something that interests you, you’ll go see the original.)
The source links in the posts are for the quoted material. Most often it’s from web sites and blogs I visit throughout the day. Occasionally, though, I find the quotes by following links from someone I regularly read to sites that are new to me, or ones that aren’t in my bookmark file.
When that happens, I also provide a link to where I found out about the information I’m quoting. That link usually appears at the bottom of the post, or in the middle of the post if there are multiple sources, and it looks like this:
SOURCE: Someone’s blog
If you don’t see a “source” in a post, it means I came across the information during my regular surfing. But if I write something citing, for example, Reuters that I found by following a link from, for example, J.D. Lasica, I’ll credit J.D. as the “source.” Credit where credit is due, after all.
At the bottom of every post, you’ll also find linked words that look like this:
Those are tags that can be used to track conversations. If I’ve tagged a post with “Journalism,” clicking on that link will take you all my posts that have been tagged with “Journalism.” There’s no fixed glossary that I draw on for tags: it’s free-form and I try to make them meaningful in the context of the individual post. Most often, those tags are also used by other bloggers, but there’s one — the tag “Rethinking Media” — that appears to be used only by me. I use tags as another way of trying to spread the conversation. In the sidebar at far right, you’ll also find a tag cloud of my most frequently used tags. Clicking on any of those will bring up all posts marked with the tag.
You will also come across some posts that have something like this at the bottom:
Those are Technorati tags. Clicking on them will take you to similarly tagged posts at technorati.com. I’m in the process of replacing the Technorati tags with WordPress tags, but that could take some tme.
Finally, the categories listed in the index at left are an attempt to have some boxes to put my stuff in. Using categories is a rather crude way to try and break down everything I write about here and, often, the category I assign a post to is a little arbitrary. But if you’re interested in a specific aspect of journalism, say photojournalism or multimedia, checking out that category should show you everything I’ve written about those subjects.
I stopped using categories some time ago. The list of categories will take you to some earlier blog posts only. I’m in the process of going through all of my posts and adding WordPress tags. Once that’s completed, the categories will disappear from the site.