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I done been violated, I think

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by slappy4428, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Last night was the state's Mr. Football award... as deputy grand imperial poobah of the group giving the award, I wrote a press release that went out to all member papers and the AP after the banquet was over. About an hour after that, I followed it up with one story, including quotes, for the same group and provided a third story with more and different quotes and background for the daily I work for.

    Am surfing the web this morning and find my copy on a website. The lead is rewritten, most the background and the quote used are solely mine; the website doesn't subscribe to AP and the credit reads "footballblab.com staff reports" of which I'm not.

    What should I do? Anything? Nothing? I know footballblab.com didn't send anyone there and sure as hell didn't get the same quote I did down to the comma, since I used that quote in the story for the daily paper.

    Not sure which bothered me more: This or the f-tard that used one of my credit cards to by 500 bucks worth of iTunes...
  2. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    If this was PR you were sending out, the newspaper or the .com did exactly what you wanted them to do with your story.

    They printed it with their name (credibility to the story), they used canned quotes (nothing embarrassing) and they used the facts you provided (controlling the story).

    I know this is a harmless little awards ceremony, but I wonder how often 90 percent of a press release about a player or coach getting into trouble turns into copy?
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Actually, it's not a harmless little awards ceremony, and the quote (as I said) was NOT the canned quote but one that I used in the daily paper.
    Actually, none of the quotes were canned, they were all from the event and real-time, so to speak.
    Also, the people of .com were not on the list to receive the press release. They did use facts provided, word for word, but were not sent the information to use, word for word.
    The more I think about it, the more the fine folks at footballblab.com stole my work.
  4. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    They copied the story off your newspaper's site, rewrote it, and credited .... themselves. Yeah, that sucks. As long as you can prove the quote was an exclusive (and it sounds like you can), sic 'em.

    BLOGS !!!
  5. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    My fault. Yes, you were screwed with by the person ripping your quotes.

    Will your paper have a problem with you writing a press release for this awards ceremony? That whole company time doing work for another party type of thing.

    If not, I would report it.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    No, the event was at the paper and my work on the committee helps the paper. Until he changed jobs a year ago, the press release would have come from one of their writers in his capacity on this committee.

    EDIT: I looked at it again. It was a quote in the story I wrote for the members of our association to use in their papers and not for the one in our daily. However, footballblab.com was not sent a copy of the release and it sure as fuck ain't from their staff reports.
  7. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    They just wanted your cookies
  8. Here's a question: Why would you not send the press release to footballblab.com, especially if you want to get the award the widest possible exposure?
  9. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    I did the same thing.

    The quotes were from the story he wrote for his publication. They were not in the press release.
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    No, the quotes were in the press release. It was my bad.
    However, the release was sent to A) member papers who could not attend (which footballblab.com is not a part of) and B) the Associated Press (which it does not subscribe to). It also passed off the work as "footballblab.com staff reports" which the story -- especially the quotes -- weren't.
  11. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Any SID or PR guy should be happy their quotes were used in print. Paid for or not.

    What that PR person or SID should do is add the outlet that used the quotes to their mailing list.

    Staff reports usually are PR flak, right?
  12. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    I'd just forgetaboutit.
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