Credit Where Credit Is Due

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Updated: WSJ made a correction in their story, here.

While I was on the last swing of my road trip, Rafat realized that one of the postings in our digital jobs blog was news. That’s not unusual — a lot of good stories come out of the classifieds here and in other places. He ran with it, posting an item Wednesday about Amazon’s entry into the digital music download arena. By midday yesterday the story, credited to paidContent.org, was popping up around the net. (NetImperative | News.com | BusinessWeek )
So imagine my surprise late last night when I came across a story in the Wall Street Journal written as though the Journal was discovering news that hadn’t been reported elsewhere in the previous 24 hours. Ditto when the AP, Red Herring and others picked it up the same way. (reminder: I made this same point when the NY Post claimed a story the Journal already had reported.) The Journal advanced the story and it’s possible that the Journal’s staff found it on their own — that happens all the time — but even a mention of it being reported previously would have clued readers of the Journal, AP, et al, into the fact that they weren’t at the beginning of this news cycle.
The Journal might have missed our coverage – as big as our egos can be we realize not everyone who should be reading us does — but missing those references while researching the story? We’re far from perfect but we try hard to give credit where credit is due, even when it means acknowledging that someone else was first with a story we already had but hadn’t published yet. We think it benefits our readers as well as our news colleagues. Maybe the Journal could try the same approach.

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