Journal Sentinel Reporter Sourcing Story I Broke About Aprahamian Contribution to Walker Campaign Without Credit?
How’s that for timing?
A day after I made the connection (thanks to a commenter who corrected me about who the contract was awarded to) between a recently awarded County cleaning contract to a company owned by a man who contributed $1,000 to County Executive Scott Walker’s campaign, the Journal Sentinel decides to run a similar story.
Yesterday morning I pointed out that Edward Aprahamian, owner of MidAmerican Building Services, made a $1,000 contribution to Scott Walker’s campaign for Governor on June 30th, 2009. Last week, his company won the new contract to provide janitorial services to the Milwaukee County Courthouse, a move the County Executive had been pushing hard for since last year.
In tomorrow’s Journal Sentinel, there will be an article (linked above) that highlights exactly that.
Now I can’t say with absolute certainty that the journalist who wrote the piece for the paper sourced my blog without giving credit, but I can tell you it’s happened several times before and that yesterday there was an abnormal amount of traffic to my website from a network registered to “Journal Communications”. To be honest, it’s awfully coincidental.
I don’t have a problem with “journalists” sourcing blogs, or those who write them, for their material or leads. That’s great. What I do have a problem with is “journalists” trolling well known local blogs for stories that might have legs so they don’t have to do the hard work of doing the initial investigation and then presenting it as their own work.
How hard would it be to just include a simple line in that, or any article, that acknowledges that fact?
When they don’t, or can’t, or won’t you have to ask yourself why. Perhaps the continuing reluctance of the “traditional media” to acknowledge that many of the “citizen journalists/blogs” are beating them to the punch on many stories is exactly why the “traditional media” continues to bleed subscribers while the same blogs they’re ripping leads and ideas from are more popular than ever for local news and happenings.