Today's JG covered the Matt Kelty birthday cake story on page 1 of the Metro section. The author, Ben Lanka, clearly got wind of the story from my post here at Fort Wayne Left. What made it quite obvious was that the story mentioned that a sign outside the Emerald City said "The Wizard of Ozz is in". Now I wrote the exact same thing in my post (2 days before it appeared in the JG) but it turns out that I was wrong - as Dan Turkette's higher resolution photo shows.
I decided to contact Lanka and ask him why he chose not to attribute this blog in his story. He was kind enough to respond and since it was a private communication I won't post his response verbatim. However, the gist of his response was that the JG only attributes stories if they can't be independently confirmed. Since the photos were still up on Kelty's website there was no need to attribute Fort Wayne Left.
Let me say that I understand this policy as it relates to competitors such as television newscasts and other newspapers. But blogs do not compete with newspapers - we supplement them. We not only point readers to their work, but also occasionally report stories and/or facts that might be overlooked or go unreported. In essence we help newspapers achieve their goal - to bring the truth to readers on stories that are important in the community. However, blogs continue to lack credibility because traditional media sources refuse to attribute stories that originate in the blogosphere.
In my opinion, this attribution policy is outdated and should be changed. I have written the editor of the JG and asked that he review this policy and make the appropriate changes. But I'm interested in what the readers think - should the JG attribute stories that originate in the blogosphere?