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Posts Tagged ‘Nicole Brydson’

Fighting For Credit In The Outer Borough

brooklyn.pngA big story broke in Brooklyn yesterday: grocery story chain Whole Foods backed out of it’s plan to build a new outlet in Gowanus. The important story first broke on the independent blog Brooklyn The Borough, led by former New York Observer columnist Nicole Brydson.

But, later that afternoon, The Brooklyn Paper sent out an email claiming it had an exclusive on the story. “Exclusive: Whole Foods has shelved its plans to open its first Brooklyn branch on Third Avenue near the Gowanus Canal, The Brooklyn Paper has learned,” the email read. (In its story, the paper does mention in the last line that Brooklyn The Borough got the scoop, although no mention is made in the email.)

Brydson also directed us to Curbed.com, which linked to the Brooklyn Paper but not Brooklyn The Borough. “I’ve put in an email to Lockhart Steele, but haven’t heard back,” Brydson told us.

This might seem like a minor issue, but for fledgling blogs trying to make it in the world, breaking news is a big part of getting recognized. “Meanwhile, WNYC had no problem giving credit where it’s due,” Brydson told us. “They mentioned the site on their hourly news update this morning.”

Update: Brydson just informed us that Curbed has updated its post to give credit to her blog.

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Another Freelance Writer Going Hungry?

gd41.gifStories about freelance writers not getting paid for their work are becoming all too frequent of late. This time around the magazine in question is BlackBook. Freelance writer Nicole Brydson writes at the blog Brooklyn the Borough that the magazine, which hired her to pen a NYC shopping guide at a rate of $20 per item, for a total of 200 listings, initially stalled on the final payment of $1440, and is now apparently attempting to back out altogether claiming Brydson didn’t meet her deadline. Says Brydson:

My deadline was August 1, 2008. After some administrative issues with the website ensued, I was unable to upload my items onto the BlackBook website until early September.

My editor over this time was unresponsive, and took his time editing and placing my work on the site. In the end, 172 of 200 listings were completed by December, and before I could upload the final 28, my login was disabled and my contract was terminated.

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