Poynting Down the Road
I think in three-five years, we will have more fully developed language to describe different types of aggregation, and that language will lead to a better relationship between aggregators and their sources, as well as more transparency for the audience. But until then we will keep muddling through.
— Kelly McBride, Senior Faculty, Ethics, Reporting and Writing at Poynter.org, on the ethics of aggregation. Poynter raised some eyebrows last month when it called out Jim Romenesko — the news aggregator and columnist who wrote there for 12 years — for not using quotation marks when summarizing articles, prompting his resignation just months before his retirement.