Some folks at the Great Falls Tribune really need to calm down. This was posted in a very public forum by a Tribune staffer, addressed to KRTV, in regards to this story about the grizzly bear that was captured near Simms last week:
Hey nice work on getting this from our website. Next time could you give the paper credit at least? Thanks!!
When I asked the person if he could clarify that statement, this response was posted:
You had “according to initial reports” which was the Tribune. “Initial reports indicate that it may be the bear responsible for killing several goats in the area earlier this week.” I didn’t write the story or edit it but one of our editors feels like you guys got it from us and is kinda annoyed. It’s nothing major, just we had a reporter who came in late to get the story, an editor who stayed late to edit it…and then it happened to be on your guys’s site in the morning. I mean, I dunno. Like I said, I haven’t been directly involved. I don’t think we mind you guys citing us, just maybe some credit given would be nice. I mean, I dunno. Like I said, I haven’t been directly involved. I don’t think we mind you guys citing us, just maybe some credit given would be nice. *shrugs* You guys do a good job with news and a lot of times break stuff before us. I’m not trying to trash ya, just forwarding something from one of my editors…maybe you could talk to her and explain what’s going on better than me.
First of all, the parts in bold were highlighted by me.
Second, I feel really bad that two Tribune people had to come in and/or work late on that story – quite a heavy burden!
Third, that story was delivered directly to KRTV by a photographer who was ACTUALLY AT THE SCENE when the bear was being inspected/tagged/etc by MT FWP officials. The person who took the photos shared them on the KRTV Facebook page BEFORE the Tribune had its story posted; the photog and I exchanged several messages so that I could gather more information, and then I added some information that we received earlier in the week from FWP. Voila: a brief web story about the grizzly bear captured near Simms.
About 10 minutes after I posted the story (and waaaah, I had to do it after hours, just like the poor Trib staffers), I checked the Tribune website, and sure enough, they had it posted too.
So what did I do? First, I complained to my co-workers that the Tribune had taken my story, and then I got angry that they used some of the very same words in their reporting that I did, and then I implied in public that THEY actually stole MY story!
No, wait – I didn’t do that.