VentureBeat VS PandoDaily: A Twitter Tiff Over Attribution
Journalists prize scoops. It allows them to claim temporal ownership of a story, to say, with authority, “Look what I found!” It expresses a reporter’s acumen and cunning, her connections and foresight. But online, news aggregation is the new “reporting.” Repackaged headlines are the new “fresh” angles. And for many sites, news scoops and insightful essays are less important than an endless drip of content — even if it’s someone else’s.
VentureBeat and PandoDaily are not the shithole domains I’m talking about. VB provides hard tech news and awesome, nerd-tastic game reviews. Pando covers tech and start ups but also specializes in thoughtful commentary — on Valley business culture and trends in the social Web. In fact, Sarah Lacy, the EiC of Pando, makes a special point of separating her site’s original reporting from stories curated from other websites. Perhaps this is why she took issue with a story on VentureBeat that hat-tipped a Pando writer, but did not initially link to the Pando piece. Here is the play-by-play on Twitter:
wow great article on @venturebeat about my wifi costing me $60 on this flight. did they remember to delete @paulcarr’s byline? #shameless
PWNage! Lacy is no push over. She clowns on Tweney for conducting a kind of journalistic twitter trolling.
I respect both editors for fiercely defending their writers. Too many editors throw their underlings under the guillotine after shitty blogging mishaps. Still, this case is strange because the attribution in question was based off a twitter scoop, not a published story. I think Lacy wins the argument, but if you take Tweney at his word, he didn’t really do anything wrong (except come off a bit hormonal).
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