Blogging

Bloggers must disclose freebies or discounts

 (This is a 2017 update of an article that I published in 2016 on Medium.) Many bloggers and other writers rely on product samples or invitations to events to get what they need for their writing. This is particularly true among travel writers, especially when an article requires transportation, lodging, or meals in order for…

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Ethics and disclosure rules for wine bloggers #WBC16

Like other journalists, many wine bloggers rely on product samples or invitations to events to get what they need for their writing. The ways bloggers disclose these relationships are as varied as the wine blogs on which they appear. Here is a quick guide to the rules that bloggers should follow, especially to stay within…

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Seven things food bloggers should know about copyright, FTC rules, and ethics

Every creative professional worries that someone may use their work without permission (also known as “stealing,”) and there is plenty of reason to be confused about how copyright laws apply to food blogs. Here’s a quick guide on copyright and a couple of other key legal issues that every food blogger should know. Copyright: Generally,…

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