NOTE: I originally wrote this two weeks ago but decided not to publish it at the time since it was so close to my previous rant about Emily Kaiser’s citation style. But since, as David Brauer pointed out today on MinnPost (via MNSpeak), this is an ongoing problem, I figured now would be a good time to jump in.
The Deets is approaching its 5th year anniversary. In that time, I have never, ever, consider copy/pasting 314 words of an original story from another publication.
There are two reasons for this.
1. Someone else worked hard to create that original work.
2. Why not just link to the original story while providing original commentary?
Those are my standards. They are different from those of the CityPages where Emily Kaiser ripped 314 words from a 1681 piece by the Pioneer Press and another 159 words from the StarTribune’s 643 word story.
If this keeps up, the CityPages should start serving the StarTribune and Pioneer Press’ ads alongside the content they “reprint?”