Credit where credit is due

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Yesterday, one local news bureau called the attention of a reporter (R1) from another station. It came after the said reporter reposted an image from the Instagram account of the local news bureau’s reporter (R2). The bureau simply said that the photo is owned by R2. R1 replied, seemingly defensive, saying that she thought social media equals sharing and that she just wanted the people to be informed of the situation. She even offered to delete it.

My thoughts: R1 shouldn’t have been to defensive about it. Maybe the bureau just wanted to tell her to give credit where credit is due. I looked at both posts and R1 indeed did not give credit to R2. Fine, social media just made it so much easier just swipe someone else’s work but giving credit wouldn’t even take more than 2 minutes so why not credit the person for his/her work. In the end, it boils down to one thing: respect.