I need to address a few housekeeping details.

Despite requests to update posts to my blog throughout the day with short snippets about incoming and ongoing national news, I am not permitted to blog on company time.

More importantly, I also receive requests every day to blog about this local issue or that local politician, however I am precluded from doing so by the newspaper and journalism ethics. While other bloggers can blog freely about all subjects I am restricted to national politics, sports, entertainment and anything without a local news angle. Of the H-S bloggers, I am the only reporter. It would represent a conflict of interest for me to delve into local politics on my blog and then go cover events regarding the same subjects. Blogging about local issues and politics would alienate me from my sources and at least give the appearance of impropriety and agenda-driven writing. So, blogging about local issues is not possible.

Finally, I encourage all readers of the Right Side to post comments and post often. There has been much discussion about the anonymity of those posting comments on blogs, but the very nature of blogs affords the free exchange of ideas in an informal setting with minimal consequences. Recognizing that blogging is not the same as writing opinion pieces for newspapers or even the same as writing letters to the editor is an important step in understanding that blogging is a valid means to discuss timely topics without delay.


2 Responses to “Housekeeping”

  1. 1 Elle Zee
    January 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    The H-S should make you an editor and level the playing field.
    A conservative editor of the Herald Standard….oh, we can dream can’t we.
    Maybe they could follow the mantra of the incoming commander in chief they are so smitten with: CHANGE.

  2. January 11, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Ya shoulda gone incognito, my friend.

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