It’s worth getting a hold of the Power of the Commentariat report. It features a short section on the relationship between blogs and the mainstream media, which quotes an interview I gave earlier in the year on the always vexed issue of the protocols adopted by journalists when dealing with material sourced through blogs:
measuring the impact of blogs on the mainstream media is a real problem because journalists never acknowledge their source even when it is another media source. They dont give credit where it is due which, these days, is often to blogs, not newspapers.
. It is inconceivable that a newspaper would get away with not naming the BBC or a rival newspaper when quoting exclusive material. Yet, with blogs it happens absolutely routinely. Jazz Biscuit complains about not one, but two newspapers who seem to have lost his ‘exclusive’ on the Dustin poster photo somewhere along the line.
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