Fishbowl reports that LA Times writer and blogger Tina Dupuy told her story of getting ripped off by the Tampa Tribune who ran a piece she wrote and submitted without getting her permission or paying her. Fascinating stuff. I guess now instead of honoring committment to writers, newspapers want to make it so that even fewer people seek work from them. Fun! As an aside, I've had my own trouble with this sort of thing.
It wasn't a matter of getting paid, but it was a matter of principle. You know the way, say, a blogger who breaks a story deserves credit for it.
You know that IML story a few weeks back and how the fabulous Eric Leven over at Knucklecrack picked it up and gave attribution? (thanks again, Eric) Can't say the same for one of our colleagues who picked it up and didn't credit me for breaking the story. Pretty dirty.
Even after I wrote to Said Famous (well, in the gay community anyway) Blogger, I didn't even warrant a response.
In my opinion, you get a story from somewhere else, you provide a link. I've been doing that regularly since 1997 when I posted my first online column and would send weekly journals and "Porn Star Confidential" columns out through my aol address.
But I guess some folks just get bunched up in their panties at the thought of linking to a 'porn site' (or is it just that said competition worries that people will find my site more interesting than his capricious way of doing things.. hmmmmmm ?)
Anyway, listen to Tina, she'll make you happy. :)