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May 29, 2010 05:30 AM

In the newspaper - thanks to Chowhound?

I just had the curious experience of being quoted in a newspaper article thanks to something I had written in Chowhound. What's really curious is that this is the THIRD time this has happened to me in the past couple of years - twice it was in lifestyle-type articles in metropolitan dailies, and once in a national magazine when the author thanked me for giving him access to a rare antique book on the subject of mixology that I happened to have mentioned in a Chow post.

This last time I told the writer as she was interviewing me that it was my third time, and she made a comment about how Chowhound and similar sites give journalists access to lots of "real people" (her words). I suppose she's right - I've never thought of us as unreal - most of us, anyway. ;-)

Is this a common experience? How many others of you have gotten into the paper this way?

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  1. I was interviewed for that article as well. But the reporter Emailed me that she couldn't fit my story in due to length restrictions.

    Hannaone and moh were interviewed by a newspaper about a year ago for an article talking about Korean food. The paper couldn't have picked two better people to speak to.

    1. Tradition (and maybe even copyright law, though that's becoming a more difficult call to make with each passing cyber-year!) says that the original writer should ALWAYS be contacted and asked for permission before using his or her writing in a different publication. As a semi-retired writer, copyright infringement bugs the hell out of me, most expecially when someone "steals" (that is the correct legal term) someone else's writing to republish without permission for profit!

      It is now a whole different world for writers, musicians, artists, and even for publishers because of the world wide web. There is no across-the-board authority to enforce Geneva Accord agreements on copyright,. It is, quite literally, a nightmare quagmire.

      I hope whoever "borrowed" your writing without permission had the courtesty to send you a bottle of wine, or whatever. <sigh> (Dream on, Caroline!)

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      1. re: Caroline1

        You might consider ratcheting back, BobB indicated that he has been quoted with attribution in the past and it sounds like it was a positive experience. He did not indicate that any of his postings were quoted in their entirety, nor was he compensated or expected compensation for his postings, he freely shared his thoughts and experiences in a community spirit.

        While it may be true that journalists or other media producers may from time to time quote (and hopefully attribute) user generated or Chow editorial content from this site, your seeming jumping to conclusion about plagiarism comes across as being highly overwrought for this forum.

        I say good on you to BobB and the other active contributors to this community.

        1. re: ChinoWayne

          Contributing to the CH community can be beneficial in other, even more direct ways. Just look at Thi from the LA board (and via his highly rated blog as well - I'm sure) being hired to write (for real money!) restaurant reviews (excellently written) for the Los Angeles Times.

          1. re: Servorg

            MC Slim JB is also a paid restaurant reviewer here in Boston, but I'm not sure whether his ChowHound writing predates or contributed to his debut as a professional.

          2. re: ChinoWayne

            ChinoWayne, writing has been an integral part of my life since high school, sometimes for pay, sometimes as an important part of a profession. I am aware that "good" things can happen, such as Servorg sites, but things can also go the other direction, and there is no harm in people being aware of the full spectrum. I have been plagiarized for profit on a far more private internet format than Chowhound, only to be told by the FCC and other law enforcement entities that since the theft/plagiarism was committed and republished on the internet, there was "nothing we can do to help you." If you think I'm overreacting, I don't mind. I just don't happen to agree. :-)

            1. re: Caroline1

              Caroline, I agree with you that plagiarism is a rampant problem on the Internet, but in all three of the cases I refer to, I was asked in advance, properly interviewed and credited appropriately. Some journalists do still have integrity!

              1. re: BobB

                That's a great relief to hear! '-)

                But it is an issue I am forced to conclude many on these boards may not be aware of, and that's the sole reason I brought it up. I wish it was not true, but it's part of the "redefining the world" process that the internet has brought into our lives. Thanks for clarifying your particular circumstance!

          3. re: Caroline1

            Who said anything about borrowing? BobB says in his OP, "I told the writer as she was interviewing me..." In other words, the writer found him via CH, contacted him, and interviewed him for a story, the cwriter didn't lift his posts and quote or plagiarize them.

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