Yo, Oregonian! Listen up - this one's for you!
Two years ago, I wrote a post called Rules for Journalists. At the time, we took some of our friends in journalism to task for failing to give credit where credit is due.
We're well aware that here at BlueOregon, those of you employed in "dead-tree journalism" (ok, we couldn't resist) like to cruise over here and see what's happening, troll for leads, and generally check out the yadda yadda. We're happy to oblige.
All we ask is that if you're gonna mention something you picked up here, give us a little credit. Four little words... "As seen on BlueOregon.com" or even the minimalist "See BlueOregon.com".
Now, most of the time, y'all give BlueOregon the hat tip when it's due. Cool. Thanks.
But let's not pretend that there aren't other blogs 'round these parts. If you're going to mention "liberal bloggers" that are breaking stories and otherwise keeping the heat turned up, it'd be nice to mention 'em by name.
This just doesn't cut it:
More recently, liberal bloggers have been writing that Republican committee members have a personal stake in Measure 37.
An interested reader might reasonably ask - "What liberal bloggers?"
Do the right thing. Name the blog. The "Golly gee, a bunch of Republicans have Measure 37 conflicts-of-interest" story is almost entirely a creation of Loaded Orygun - and they deserve huge props for doing a bunch of tough investigative journalism. Here and here, for starters.
So, give 'em some credit, eh? It's probably too much to ask for y'all to put links in your newsprint (or god forbid, in your web edition) but at least give your readers a hint. Say the name.
After all, we do the same whenever we talk about one of your stories.
Share the love.