I’ve been posting on the Election blog with my fellow Tumblr correspondents for a week now. We’re working our asses off. There’s one of my posts above, highlighting where HuffPo reblogged.
We sign each post, no matter how small. Why? Because we’re there on scene, gathering the information and curating the content. We even sign reblogs, so people know who thought that post was worth sharing with everyone. We’ve been on nearly 24/7, etc. — which is why it’s really goddamn irritating to see a quote I transcribed from audio of a HuffPo event get attribution stripped off BY HuffPo. It’s YOUR event, HuffPo. You reblogged it from a different source and stripped the name of the person who posted it. FROM YOUR EVENT!
It’s frustrating when everyday people reblog content I spent time on and delete my commentary and/or alter it in some way. It’s ridiculous when it’s a professional, for-profit news organization that pays in “exposure” and little else. Exposure doesn’t pay the rent, nor can I eat page views. But it’s maddening when it’s something as simple as a quote transcribed from an hour of audio. Plus, it’s lazy journalism. At least the original web source is on there.
And at least you left this one alone…