There is something of an urban myth amongst some journalists, that the relationship between bloggers is a one way only affair. Blogs like Slugger rely hugely on good mainstream journalism. It is clear because we always link and/or attribute the original journalist’s work. Slugger has done reasonably well the other way round, but there is still little recognition in the mainstream just how much they do rely on blogs and bloggers (and commenters) for new ideas and fresh thinking, yet it is still regarded by some as unconscionably outre to give credit where credit is due.
The warning signs are there though as one journalist discovered in Utah! The Cut and Paste Awards last year, caught out some big names in British journalism.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty