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radio station using your stuff without attribution

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Herbert Anchovy, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. Best. Story. Ever.
  2. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I was kind of on the side of "not a big deal, been going on for years" until the part in Starman's post about them actually using the paper's coverage to cite a competitive advantage OVER THAT SAME PAPER. That's nuts.

    But generally, radio sations HAVE been doing this for a long, long time....
  3. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Great story Starman. :D
  4. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    The thing about telling a board newbie to fetch a beer a bit of a running joke on this board....one that MOST people have enough sense to laugh at rather than go into a disstertation on their vast experience in the business.

    And you talk about other people being sensitive. ::) Pot ....meet kettle...kettle....meet pot...

    It's a message board. Do you really think anybody's cred matters on here?
  5. schrdp2002

    schrdp2002 Member

  6. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member


    The radio station covered one game every night, and covered it well. Pregame previews, halftime features, postgame wrapups. Nice.

    However, they had nobody back in the studio to take calls. Sometimes, they would read the scores off the AP wire. You know how they got on the AP wire? I called them in, that's how. But when they were finished covering the one game they were covering, they packed up their gear and went home, at about 10:30.

    How did WE get the scores and game stories? First, I would go out and cover games myself. I would also usually have one or two games covered by stringers. The rest of the games, I made sure we got phone calls from every school in our coverage area, or else I tracked them down myself.

    Then, I wrote it all up, usually developed the film and made the prints, laid out the page, and sent it to press. Then, I would go home at about 2 a.m.

    So then the next morning, they start reading it word for word out of the paper -- including quotes and everything, and then running these snotty promo ads about getting the "hot news" on the radio, and not in the newspaper.

    Bullshit on that. If they want to get the "hot news," then let them go get it themselves, and pay to do it.

    Eventually, their station manager got fired, the attack ads stopped, they began name-checking us, and everything was cool.

    But they did learn not to fuck with us. ;)
  7. JME

    JME Member

    Awesome. Starman has more stories than the Sears tower.
  8. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    you read like a radio bitch that refuses to do his/her own homework.
  9. lono

    lono Active Member

    I teed off on a national radio guy the other day for ripping me off ... whether or not it ultimately does any good remains to be seen, but at least he knows I'm paying attention, which might slow him down.
  10. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    The assumption of divine right to no-credit regurgitation asserted by too many electoronic morons is among the most offputting aspects of this business.

    Note: I did not say "all".

    I said "too many".

    And I'll stand on that.
  11. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    He reads like a titty baby. :)
  12. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    LJB, ask and you shall receive. unfortunately for me, it looks like i'm wrong and you guys are right.

    still, to me it sounds a little bit like calling the building department every time you see something you know is a violation like a store has a sign that obviously violates code or your neighbor's grass is 17 inches high because he didn't mow it for a month. also, i have worked at AP and AP [legitimately and legally] puts newspaper copy online almost verbatim -- including scores -- and i'd speculate that many of these so-called ripoffs are actually from AP and you're ignoring this fact.

    anyway, this is what a few minutes of legal research seems to show:

    a 1918 supreme court case called international news service v. the associated press held:

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