Blogging guidelines

You are representing American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio

  • The Developer blog is a voice for technology workers to talk about the organization as seen through the eyes of its staff.
  • When presenting your personal opinions about MPR|APM programming, etc., please be aware that blogs are a highly-visible form of communication. Your thoughts are only a click away from being seen around the world.
  • Please do not disparage organizations or individuals. Being critical of another’s code or work is acceptable, when it is done is a professional manner.

Ways to Use the Developer Blog

  • Use the Developer Blog to post material related to your work and its intersections with the public and other MPR|APM programming.
  • Use the Developer Blog to track areas of research interest, web sites about a particular topic, or happenings in a particular field. Use the blog as a tool to point to related material on the MPR|APM’s’s websites as well as external sites.
  • Use the blog to engage audiences in a different way by providing a behind the scenes view of what makes our programming possible.


  • Do not post material that is unlawful, abusive, defamatory, invasive of another’s privacy, or obscene to a reasonable person.
  • Get permission from colleagues before writing about them.
  • Avoid announcements related to unconfirmed programming.
  • Political commentary or opinion is out of place on the blog.

Copyright and Attribution

  • When quoting any other blog or publication, be sure to link to the original (if possible) and use quotation marks or blockquotes (for longer texts).
  • When using a photograph found elsewhere on the web, you must do one of the following:
    • Get permission from the original copyright holder (which may not always be same as the site displaying the image). Document receipt of permission.
    • Use an image that is not encumbered by copyright, such as an image that is available under a creative commons license.
  • When using an image from within the MPR|APM’s image pool, contact the appropriate department and make sure the image is licensed for online use.
  • Make sure images are properly credited, citing the source and photographer’s name.
  • See the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Bloggers’ Legal Guide for more.

About Comments

  • Offensive or questionable comments are automatically filtered by the software into a Moderation Queue. Blog post authors should be responsible for checking these comments.
  • Despite system filters, sometimes spam or offensive comments can get through to your post. If a comment is obviously spam, delete it. Use your discretion to take down non-spam comments with objectionable content.
  • Be patient when responding to comments (i.e. remember that you are representing the MPR|APM in your blog conversations, so please be respectful in your responses, even to the most unreasonable blog poster).

Content on the Developer Blog must also adhere to the MPR|APM terms of use and privacy policy.

These guidelines are largely based upon the Walker Art Center’s Blogging Guidelines. Thanks to the Walker for their permission to re-use them.