Tuesday, May 23, 2006

CV: We can't confirm our own story

One of the most-embarassing things a news outlet can do is get scooped on a story in its own backyard, and then cover the story based on information attributed to its competitor. Can't happen, you say? Let's ask the Citizens' Voice about that.
Employees of the Times Leader recognized “high-level managers” from Times-Shamrock touring the newspaper’s buildings on North Main Street and on East Market Street, according to a report in the Times Leader.

Yep, the CV is attributing a story to its sworn mortal enemy.


TL editor Matt Golas couldn't resist the urge to jump on this and pile it on the CV. And then it ended up on Jim Romenesko's blog, where countless newspaper nerds are no doubt laughing.

For those of you on the broadcast side of things, imagine what would happen if WBRE did a story, and used the line "WNEP is reporting...," or vice versa.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Golas: Journalistic license or a point-blank shot in your own foot? Either he has no hope or desire to work for the (possible) new owners.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its like watching the old Trib and Times stories back in the 80's and early 90's.....

12:33 PM  

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