For arts journalists who blog: What are the guidelines?
"That does bring up a subject I wonder if you guys might address on Flyover: For journalists who do blog, what kind of ground rules and expectations have publications given them, and how have they worked blogging into their work schedules?"
His question -- a very pragmatic one, I might add, pragmatism being a rare topic of discussion here on Flyover -- has come up a lot in my newsroom and I'm sure in many others.
When any new means of communication arises, the natural question, for those of us who believe in and comport ourselves according to a relatively strict set of ethical guidelines, is: "What are the guidelines?"
Furthermore, what are the ethics of blogging, the legal strictures of blogging, the tone of voice, the appropriate subject matter? More fundamentally, perhaps, is the question of objectivity: As cultural journalists, to what degree can we assert professional points of view, knowledgeable perspective? To what degree does the critic's voice live among the impartial fact-finding of the journalist? This question obviously applies to writing for print, but is it different for blogging?
I agree with Rich that Flyover would be a good place to sort out these questions. Or at least to figure out what sorts of questions to sort out. Please let us know what you think. After we've gotten a number of responses, I'll put them all together in one post for easy reference. -- J.S.
Bloggers We Love
Bridgette Redman and Lansing Theater
Drew McManus' "Neo Classical" at the Partial Observer
Marc Moss (Missoula, MT artist)
Mary Louise Schumacher's "Art City"
Other Great Sites
American Composers Orchestra
Arts & Letters Daily
Center for Arts and Culture
Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive
National Arts Journalism Program
NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism
NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera
NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater & Musical Theater
New Music Box: American Music Center
USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program