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When fan boy gets the scoop

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by rpmmutant, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    So I'm covering NASCAR preseason testing at California Speedway. Robby Gordon decides to dump Ford and team up with Gillett Evernham Motorsports and their Dodge camp. Pretty decent story, but nothing earth shattering.
    Enter fan boy -- irritating reader who e-mails me ocassionally criticizing what and who I write about, thinks I'm too hard on Kyle Busch, but won't admit to being a Kyle Busch fan. One of those kind of guys.
    Anyway, he finds out about the Gordon move and thinks he has the scoop e-mailing me the news. I usually blow this guy off, write him back telling him I appreciate the enthusiasm and NASCAR needs more fans with his kind of passion. But this one kind of bugged me for some reason. It really makes me hate working for a newspaper that won't publish the story until tomorrow morning, even if it can be posted on our web site, for what that's worth.
    Not looking for any validation, just venting. Stupid Internet!
  2. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Wait, your paper won't publish this story today on the web?

    Is your paper bigger than a bread box?
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Looks like TBL has a new source!


    (c'mon DD you're online!)
  5. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Yeah, why wouldn't your paper post that?
  6. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    We'll post it. It's beside the point. It's already out there on other sites. I wasn't the first to have it. Some guy found it on another site and decided to rub my nose in it. I got beat. Now I'm getting kicked while I'm down.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Oh. Gotcha. That does sound like a pain in the ass.

    Maybe you could disarm him by responding enthusiastically:

    Hey, thanks for sending the link. I'm all over it!!!

    Guess I shouldn't have waited to talk to Robby Gordon in person before filing the story. :mad:

    Oh, well!!!!

    Can't wait till Daytona!!!!!!
  8. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    or you can admit it's only nascar, which really isn't a sport.
  9. BYH

    BYH Active Member

  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    the fact only hurts because it's true.
  11. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    I have an e-mailer who always informs me of what the competition is reporting, like I haven't been paying attention. I don't get a peep out of him when I break something.

    Those types of readers can lick my ass.
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You should email him when you break a story.
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