I’ve updated the post in question. The unnecessary repetition and misplaced modifiers definitely had to go. Poor copy can happen, even when you’re typically vigilant. A feature that would really help is a larger description box for Tumblr posts — would the Tumblr staff or Missing e care to implement that?
The Times’ blog style is to end photo credits without a period. They are also italicized and placed at the bottom of posts. Style is funny that way — the rules can feel arbitrary at times. And other times, the rules are broken if that’s the sensible thing to do.
Wire photos usually don’t get “link love” online. I’m not opposed to the practice at all, though I haven’t really seen it in action. (Furthermore, these wire photos are not typically available as part of a public online gallery. What’s the point of having the photo credit for Reuters go to reuters.com? Is there added value for readers in doing that, or is it unnecessary link clutter?) But keep in mind that newspapers have contracts with wire agencies for photos. The concept behind links and attribution on the Web is to share other people’s free work fairly. What if the work isn’t free? Personally, I think that if we’re paying a wire service to use a photo — with proper attribution, always — then linking is strictly optional. Who knows? Perhaps in the future, the link economy will be so important that the wires will deem it necessary to include link attributions in their contracts. At which point, could websites collect referral fees? Or pay for photos via referral? There’s some interesting speculation there. I’m curious to know what you guys think.
For all other photos, we make sure that we have permission to publish them on our Tumblr, and we link back when we can. If the original photographer or artist uploaded their own work to Tumblr, then we can reblog, but otherwise? Working with outside photos means requesting permission, usually by e-mail, even when the photos have a Creative Commons license or have already been reblogged a billion times. Requesting permission can take time. Wetakethattime.
Homework will now count for only 10% of a student’s grade. Critics — mostly teachers — worry the policy will encourage students to slack off assigned work and even reward those who already disregard assignments.