Last month, Ian Shapira did a story about Millennials and it was picked up by Hamilton Nolan at Gawker. Shapira’s story was “stolen” – eight paragraphs used with a link but little attribution to to original reporter.
Shapira penned a piece titled “The Death of Journalism (Gawker Edition)“. It details all the work that went into gathering information about the story. In it Shapira brings up some interesting points about the downfall of news reporting.
Well sum up: remember the story about Henny Penny? The chicken who does all the work and then once it’s done all her blogger friends show up and want to eat the bread she’s made? It’s like that only in the story she’s makes them all go away and enjoys her bread herself. In reality, after hours of tedious and expensive news gathering the other farm animals eat the bread and Henny Penny works harder and gets thinner and thinner…
Marburger compared my article and the Gawker posting and concluded: “This is what in our opinion is a huge contributor to the demise of those who are originating news reports. If you don’t change the law to stop this, originators of news reports cannot survive.”
Whole piece here.