Today I was sent NPR’s long-version of digital rules for posting on internet. Don’t worry, I wasn’t being singled out as a new particularly-prone-to-blogging social media lackey because all interns got the email. But my boss gave me the short of it: don’t be an idiot. So, that’ll be my approach to blogging about NPR on my personal blog. Don’t be an idiot. I’m not giving away any NPR trade secrets here so move along now if you’re looking for dirt on your favorite NPR personalities like Ari Shapiro on All Things Considered (or ATC as we call it) or even NPR’s World of Opera host Lisa Simione with whom I share a desk. You’ll find mostly the mundane and broad musings on social media, education, and what it means to be an intern.
I was asked a question in my interview for the NPR gig about comments: “What are your thoughts on comment moderation?” Hmm, well over at MiddBlog, there aren’t many comments to begin with, but NPR site and auxiliaries gets hundreds of comments a day on stories, blogs, audio, tweets… My thoughts have basically stayed the same: let the community try to police itself. If you say something stupid, someone is going to call you on it. But with my first day corresponded to the major news story of the murder of Georg Tiller, I found out that a lot of comments can be borderline when it comes to tricky issues like abortion. Where do you draw the line on name-calling, staying on-topic, politeness, obscentities, rambling, rumors, etc.?