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.
[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.)