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April 18, 2012

Giving credit where it’s due in articles

You might think ethical reporting is just for newspapers and big publications because their articles are being read by hundreds of thousands of people on a daily basis. Well, it’s also essential that you respond to guidelines with your writing; particularly when working with a source. All it takes is for you to suggest something a little controversial and you could become an internet star for the day and there you have it, now you’re under the watchful eye. To stay trouble free when working with a source or data, here are the three essentials.

Acknowledge

Whatever you are writing about, if you are taking what someone’s said or reported, you have to give them credit in your article. For example, if you are writing about a report or study, provide your readers with the name of company. You don’t have to say anything slanderous about their results to land yourself in trouble; simply not providing a source could hint to the reader that you own the data. Along with your words, providing a name and a date for the images that you use would be a good idea or, alternatively, you could sign up to a stock image provider to acquire royalty-free images.

Telling the whole story

Again, your intentions could be completely innocent, but by missing out a certain line of evidence or a fact you’ve deemed unimportant, the reader may have been misled. If your article reaches the company you’ve written about, they may think you’ve intentionally tried to bend the truth or undermine their aims. Look at the evidence carefully and identify the key points to avoid getting into trouble.

Owning everything

Almost coming hand in hand with acknowledging, don’t think for a second that you can get away with passing a bit of work or an idea off as your own. No matter how many people know of the original idea, never put yourself in the position of claiming to have written something you haven’t. The internet is viewed by millions on a daily basis and chances are that someone, somewhere will know who the material belongs to. So, stay smart to avoid looking over your shoulder when the readers start to arrive.

 

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Jake Taylor is a self established author writes articles on photography and image related topics. For more information on royalty-free images and Stock Images he recommends you visit Imagesource

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