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Scooped by a Source

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Is a “gentleman’s agreement” between reporter and source broken when a blogger beats a reporter by posting their exchange first? Greg Lindsay investigates:

All Kate Kaye wanted were a couple of quotes. Back in April, the news editor of the interactive marketing news site ClickZ spotted the news that Weblogs Inc., the blog network that Calacanis had started and sold to AOL, were introducing regionally themed sites. Seeing as how the news fit neatly into a story package Kaye happened to be working on, she dropped Calacanis a line. Did he have time for a quick interview? Sure, he replied, but only via email. I do all my interviews via email these days, he told her, to prevent myself from being misquoted. With misgivings, Kaye fired off a volley of questions that Calacanis promptly answered. After a few rounds of back-and-forth follow-ups, Kaye was satisfied she had enough for her story. She thanked him and promptly forgot about it, at least until her executive editor pointed her to Calacanis’ personal blog a week later. To Kaye’s horror, he had posted their exchange, email headers and all, on his personal blog, as Calacanis is wont to do.

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