Joshua Marshall @ Talking Points Memo explains how the mainstream media – in the US, at least – is increasingly stealing story ideas from the blogosphere. He makes a compelling case:
Conventional news outlets frequently chide blogs for not doing any original reporting but rather feeding off the original reporting of the mainstream media. In many cases, the criticism is true. But if that is the criticism it behooves every mainstream media outlet to enforce their own standing policies and not allow reporters to rip off blog writers who are doing original reporting.
The situation is unlikely to be the same in Australia – the blogging community is far less influential here – but the relationship between the two often-warring mediums is starting to heat-up and this can only be a good thing for information dissemination and journalistic transparency.