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.