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May 23 / King Kaufman

Social media guidelines: A reminder to think first and be civil

The Associated Press issued a revised set of social media guidelines last month. You’ll notice a whole bunch of stuff about objectivity.

We don’t worry too much about maintaining a pose of objectivity at Bleacher Report, and we don’t have a formal set of social media guidelines for writers, but the chatter in journalism nerdworld over the AP’s guidelines gave us an excuse to talk a little bit about best practices.

We did just that in a post last year, and this paragraph sums up B/R’s take on social media:

Here’s a standard to work with: Imagine Twitter is a conference at which you’re representing Bleacher Report on a panel. You can be yourself. You might drop in a political opinion, but you wouldn’t say something incendiary. You might swear a little or get into a debate, but you wouldn’t use the C-word or attack someone with language that would get you disinvited to future events—or punched in the nose.

Also take a look at this Twitter guide for writers that then-associate NFL editor Matt Birch wrote for this blog in 2011. He spelled out what you should and shouldn’t do on Twitter, saving the most important guideline for last:

“THINK before you Tweet!”

  • Barry Catlett

    No surprise given that Bleacher Report was, and mostly is, written by guys in their basements with no journalism training whatsoever. The “journalism nerdworld” cares about objectivity and getting the facts right because we are professionals.

    • King_Kaufman

      This is pretty good, but I think you meant to write “in their mothers’ basements,” not “in their basements.” That would make this a much better parody of the kinds of things clueless defenders of “old-school” journalism say.

      I do like how you say you get your facts right in a comment that doesn’t get a single fact right. Good stuff!