Treat bloggers like journalists—with these exceptions. “While bloggers shouldn’t be treated that differently, you do have to make the rules more clear,” Foremski says. “That includes being very specific about what you mean by things like ‘off the record,’ ‘on background’ and ‘embargoed.’ Make sure the definitions are very clear on both sides first.”
It is no secret that respect for the American press is at an all time low. The use of anonymous sources played a huge role in the degradation of our press.
More importantly, I don’t think we can live in freedom if we are incapable of speaking on the record. Our profession can go a long way to ending this evil practice if we so desire; but the Tom Foremski’s of this world need to do their part. Foremski needs to say, “If you want your ideas published in Silicon Valley Watcher, you have to go on the record.”