Holly: “News is a dirty, dirty business. The Sentinel thought it had the other papers beat on the NIC budget shortfall. We kept the news to ourselves over the weekend, but some reporters from Brand X got their hands on The Sentinel Monday (one day before distribution) and used Alison’s information as leads to write their own story, which was published Tuesday. I’m not really complaining, as the Press had the right to do it, but it’s disappointing that we were that close to having the scoop. Then again, the Press is giving us money for our NYC trip, so maybe it’s a trade-off …”
DFO: I’m curious if the Press plagiarized the Sentinel. Or if it did its independent report after seeing the Sentinel banner story? If I ran the Sentinel, I’d demand an arrangement with the Press that it couldn’t publish stories it saw in the Sentinel until after the NIC paper hit the streets. If the Press responded as a result of the NIC story, it should have given the Sentinel credit somewhere. On the other hand, I suspect the Press found out about the Pappy Boyington flap by monitoring this blog. That’s fair.