July 10, 2007
Giving bloggers credit
My friend Stephanie forwarded me this AOL Fanhouse blog post about the relationship between sports bloggers and the media. I think the main thing I got out of it is that those of us in the political 'sphere appear to have it a lot better. At least in this state, the political reporters - many of whom are also bloggers themselves (and that's not counting various local folks) - know who we are, and interact with us fairly regularly. I certainly can't think of anything remotely like Colin Cowherd's plagiarism in our neck of the Internets. I'm not sure why it's so different for the sports bloggers, but there you have it. Check it out.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 10, 2007 to Blog stuff
Actually I've had reporters rip off information from Grits quite a few times without crediting me, citing research or a statistics I independently generated without attribution. Most stories I break on Grits that are later covered in the MSM aren't credited to the blog.
I don't tend to worry about it because part of the role of the grassroots media, to me, is to inject new ideas into the MSM and the public debate, so it fulfills my goals for them to use the information even if I don't get credit for it. Sports bloggers don't have those kind of political goals, so maybe they're just more likely to call the reporters on it.
Glad you're back in the saddle, Charles. Be well.