16 April 2009

Citizen Journalism Guidelines From HuffPo

Guidelines to help citizen journalists produce quality content have been published by the Huffington Post.

HuffPo relies on voluntary contributors for much of its content and has published a set of basic guidelines to enable them to meet the editorial standards of the website.

The nine-point list asks potential citizen journalists to avoid expressing opinions irrelevant to the story, to give credit to work of others and to fact-check claims by sources.

Would-be contributors are also strongly encouraged to identify themselves to sources, avoid submitting misleading images and to avoid hearsay.

The list could act as a useful guide for other publishers looking to help enhance the quality of material submitted by users.

[HT – Poynter Online]

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