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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Atlanta media, you're on notice: stop stealing our stories

I'll make this short and sweet: I'm a mean, petty, small-minded, vindictive sonofabitch in my personal life. But I'm pretty magnanimous professionally, happy to give credit where credit is due.

Unfortunately, Atlanta media is not proving itself so. Especially TV stations, which have been lifting stories from our paper without so much as a hat tip or a nod. Just in the few months I've been here, I've seen a lot of it, but the recent wholesale stealing of stories we first brought to Atlanta's attention has me pretty irritated. I won't link to them, because that sort of defeats the purpose, but they're as big as Rodney Carmichael's cover story on DIY rap video filmmakers (stolen by a local TV concern) and as short and sweet as Cliff Bostock's post about Grant Central Pizza asking parents to take their screaming kids outside (lifted by the AJC, then HuffPo, then everywhere).

The rules are simple, folks. Just give us a link when you highlight something we were first to discuss. We do the same for you. TV, a quick shot of the paper or mention in the story is all we need. ("It's such a phenomena, it even made the cover of Creative Loafing" is the sort of customary credit-giving gesture we're used to.) So please take note, kind media brethren.

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