1. Quoting people is cool, but lifting their entire story isn’t. If you quote something state where you got it and link to that primary source.
2. Limit your quotes to no more than 250-300 words or so, maybe a little more if it’s a very long interview or article. Taking the
entire article from another site and then putting “source” with a link
to the originating site isn’t fair. Think of it like high school
English class when you learned to cite references. Your teacher would
have seriously marked your paper down if you had an entire page of
someone else’s content, and at the end of that page said where it came
3. Using photos to illustrate your article is great, but don’t take all of them especially if the article you are citing is a photo
spread. Take one photo and link back to the main source so that people
can see more. If the primary site gives credit to a photographer for
the photo be sure and mention that person. If a site has an exclusive
on a photo, than it’s off limits, don’t take it. Talk about it, and
link to it, but they have the right to their scoop if they want it.
4. The exception to all of this is press releases. They can be quoted in full. In fact they’d love it if you didn’t edit them because
it’s free PR for them. Press releases usually come directly to you from
actors agents, movie studios, companies running events, charities, etc.
They are easy to spot because they are actually labeled “Press Release”
or “For Immediate Release” and they have full contact info of the team
issuing it at the bottom and they are usually accompanied by high
resolution graphics. They also tend to be very long and wordy and have
tons of background information.
5. Don’t tag photos unless you took them. You may have put them in a gallery, but they aren’t yours unless you paid for them or took them yourself.
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