NYT does the right thing (after it’s asked) and links to blogger’s feature

Three months ago Gaby Dunn of 100Interviews.com profiled the creators of an unconventional Staten Island art walk. A few weeks after her piece was posted, Dunn heard that a New York Times reporter was writing about the couple, too. “They deserve the attention so I was pleased.”

However, when I saw the finished product that ran Sunday, I was even less pleased. It’s very, very clear that my piece was used on background and as the backbone for Ms. [Constance] Rosenblum’s article – and supplied multiple anecdotes including Amanda’s childhood and the story of how they met to Ms. Rosenblum’s story

Dunn continued in a letter to the Times: “I’m very flattered your reporter read my blog — and as I just started freelancing for the Times Magazine, I love you guys. I would really appreciate a link to my piece included in the online version of ‘What the Ravens Wrought.’”

A reply came quickly. It was from Constance Rosenblum. It acknowledged that she’d read 100 Interviews in order to write the piece in the Times, but she’d then done her own research and interviews. She probably should have linked back. …Soon, she wrote again saying she was working on getting the Times web people to link to 100 Interviews. She hoped it’d be up by Wednesday. A link to 100 Interviews was added to the side of the New York Times article on Brendan and Amanda today, as promised. And that’s that.

> From 2003: The Villager accuses NYT of lifting dozens of its story ideas

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  • Anonymous

    The NYT has been doing this for a long time, lifting story ideas and re-reporting stories from smaller publications around the country without attribution. It’s happened to me a number of times. But the Times is hardly the only major publication that does this. It’s long overdue for all publications to have rules for crediting other publications when they get a story they wouldn’t otherwise have known about from someone else. It’s both the right thing to do and it provides greater transparency for readers. Knowing where a story got started is important for readers so they understand the history and context of developments in the matter (let’s say local authorities took some action, it’s important for readers to know that they responded because a local publication broke the story, not because the authorities discovered the problem on their own).
    –Harris Meyer

  • Anonymous

    Hey, thats really interesting, that you don’t think it’s news.

  • Anonymous

     I don’t understand why this qualifies as news

  • Anonymous

    What? You mean, like a publicity still? Dig you dig around the site looking for evidence of hyporcrisy, and come up with that?

  • Anonymous

    While I’m glad to see Ms. Dunn is working it all out with the NYT, I’m curious as to whether she got permission from the owners of the film “Catch Me If You Can” to use a still of Leonardo DeCaprio from the movie on her site?