They said that they felt as if they were out there alone in digital land, under high pressure to get Web hits, with no training, little guidance or mentoring and sparse editing. Guidelines for aggregating stories are almost nonexistent, they said. And they believe that, even if they do a good job, there is no path forward. Will they one day graduate to a beat, covering a crime scene, a city council or a school board? They didn’t know. So some left; others are thinking of quitting.The Post fails a young blogger (via frontofbook)
nostrich replied: Uh, guys, screenshotting the entire contents of an article? That’s no better than HuffPo-style over-aggregation. Uncool.
» SFB says: While it’s fair to note that in some instances we’ve probably screenshotted a little more than we should have, a couple points to that: 1) We link the article prominently both in the text and the image, 2) News articles tend to update, and the story itself may look different a couple of hours from now. Often it’s a quick art element in the case of a breaking news story where art wouldn’t otherwise be available. In the case of the Ben Parr article this was a reply to, the news had just broken, so it’s entirely possible that’ll be the case, especially if, for example, they get a Mashable staff member on record. (The story had already changed once.) In the future, we’ll try to be careful about how much we screenshot, though. — Ernie @ SFB