New York Times memo discusses blogging

John Robinson, my friend and former colleague at the News & Record in Greensboro, recently used his Twitter feed to share a link to a New York Times memo.

The focus of the memo is blogging at the NYT. Here are some highlights:

  • The standards of writing and editing between news stories and blogs have “subtle differences.”
  • Contractions and slang are more acceptable in blog posts than news stories.
  • A post that argues for a point of view must offer facts that support that argument.
  • Headlines shouldn’t take sides.
  • Comments should be moderated but not edited.
  • No snark.

Read the entire .pdf memo here. Here’s another NYT memo on blogs, this one from 2005.