Saturday, April 15, 2006


At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A technical question...when you post a cartoon, are there any blog rules about identifying the source or original publication?

At 3:33 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Dear Anon,
A good question. While I can't remotely begin to speak to generalized "blog rules," the simple Journalism 101 rule of thumb (which answers most questions one is likely to encounter while writing blogs) is that, yes, you do credit a source wherever possible. And ordinarily I would. This cartoon is from the website of the Poetry Foundation (, and while they don't carry a credit, I'd bet real money that, based on the style, it's originally from the pages of the New Yorker, which licenses these cartoons from its vast archives. I happened to withhold the source this time probably in part because they did the same originally, but probably more importantly because I made a mental note to tell the larger story of this site (with a link) in a future post. In a nutshell, it's the product of a half-billion-dollar gift from an heiress to Poetry Magazine. I'm hoping to point people to the magazine and the website sometime soon.


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