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