How to ethically blog from inside the ivory tower
August 19, 2011 12:02 PM Subscribe
Professors, journalistis, writers, lend me your brain: is it ethically okay for me to professionally blog about my grad school program?
I blog for a non-profit. I'm about to start a master's program in a field directly related to my non-profit work. Non-profit has asked me to do a series "from the inside". Content I'm thinking about: text & audio interviews with willing profs, blog essays that look at big picture topics that incorporate some of my required reading (with works cited, of course), and my own thoughts of how this academic program matches up with my own field experience.
What I'm *not* thinking about doing are course reviews, posting class notes/syllabi/reading lists, or quoting profs without their approval.
I do plan on telling my advisor when I meet him/her next week to get his/her thoughts. Are there any issues of intellectual property or general ethical squickiness that I need to be aware of based on my current blog content plan? Should I let my profs know about the blog early on (I will be approaching them early on anyhow to see if they're open/interested in being interviewed--"Hey, I'm writing a blog series for non-profit, and I'd love to do a short interview with you about prof's-area-of-expertise-related-to-non-profit's-work. Are you interested?"), or does alerting them sound needlessly pretentious and boorish? Or am I planting a nice little bean farm here? Thanks for your help!