Daily Archives: March 10, 2012

From ELAINE SILVESTRINI: Just thought I would send you my Facebook posting. I work at The Tampa Tribune, which laid off 165 people in December — our eighth round of layoffs. So it’s infuriating when someone just steals my work.

P.S. According to Newser, this guy has written 9,440 stories since he joined the site in November 2007. If that’s not a business model for theft, I don’t know what is.

Elaine Silvestrini

[Paging Newser’s Rob Quinn: Feel free to comment on Silvestrini’s remarks, or send me an email. I couldn’t find your email address.]

Here’s her Facebook post:

Ok – all you new media champions, please explain to me HOW IS THIS NOT THEFT. Story on Newser (with some guy’s byline!) is a total crib job of my story in the Trib. Not one fact in here that’s not in my story. And even lifted some quotes that I had. No other reporters were in the courtroom. There is a link buried in there to my original story, but this guy didn’t spend the whole day in court covering this sentencing or plow through a 3-inch stack of court filings. I found his story linked of Huffington Post (which says, “Read the whole story at Newser). So I ask again, HOW IS THIS NOT THEFT?

Here’s my original.

I understand Elaine’s frustration, but this strikes me as a standard Newser/Huffington Post/other aggregator rewrite. In fact, I’ve seen far worse cases of over-aggregation — and I suspect Romenesko readers will cite their story-lifting examples in the comments section. (I wasn’t thrilled to see this Mediaite copy-and-paste job on Friday.)

* Elaine Silvestrini’s story || The Newser rewrite
* What it’s like to get used and abused by Huffington Post

Hank Stuever

Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever will teach a pop culture course and advise the student newspaper staff as this fall’s 2012 T. Anthony Pollner Professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism. “I’ve always secretly hoped I would get a chance like this someday, to not only teach a class and share what I know but also learn from a group of committed students who care deeply about journalism and writing,” Stuever says in the university’s announcement.

So what happens to his job at the Post? Here’s what Stuever tells Romenesko readers in an email:

I’m still TV critic. My bosses and I still have some details to figure out. I leave in August and will be back after the semester ends in December. Between now and then I only have about a billion reviews to write. I’ll definitely be doing the fall TV preview section, which comes out in September, and perhaps a few other pieces while I’m away, so it’s not a total unplug. I’m not sure anyone in his right mind would completely abandon my job for a minute. (Insert lame end-of-newspapers/buyouts/layoffs joke here.)

The course I’ve proposed is focused on writing about popular culture. Not just reviews and the so-called fluff, but writing and reporting meaningful stories about how everyday people relate to and consume pop culture. And doing it in a way that makes sense on today’s platforms. The other great thing is that I get to help advise the student paper, the Kaimin. I have literally had dreams where I get to go back and hang out at the college newspaper again. Most journos will understand.

* Washington Post reporter named next UM Pollner Professor