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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some email,

Hey Adam, what do you think of media coverage of the NHL? I know the news business is in a terrible spot these days and many of the biggies have scaled back. Has the blogosphere sufficiently started covering the game or are we running the risk of too many empty, poorly reported rumors?

This is a hot topic, isn’t it? For the most part, I think Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes said all that needed to be said about bloggers vs. mainstream media in a terrific column this week. There’s a lot of crap stinking up the web landscape, but there are many great writers who have come to the fore thanks to the opportunities the blogosphere opened up.

To that, I’d add just one thing: while I know it’s nice and in keeping with etiquette to reference the original source of any report, the fact of the matter is that this is a cut-throat, competitive business we’re in. As such, there have been many times THN has been first to report a story, only to have the story referenced later as a “published report” that didn’t acknowledge our brand.

That’s not ideal, but that never became an issue worth drawing much attention to. And I think the same attitude should be adopted by reputable bloggers.

continued and more Q& A too…

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George Malik's avatar

I understand the concept but it’s difficult sometimes when you’re quoted incredibly regularly by a publication and there’s never a mention of your work.  The Free Press could add me to their payroll given the number of scoops they co-opt every summer and after a while, it does get annoying.  I think the “let it slide” concept is important to embrace, but even that has its limits.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 09/03/10 at 03:19 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I think the “let it slide” concept is important to embrace, but even that has its limits.

Posted by George James Malik from South Lyon, MI on 09/03/10 at 01:19 PM ET

Word.  On mLive, you do great justice by citing other people’s works.  It’s only fair and equitable to have quid pro quo when it comes to the stuff you find, George.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 09/03/10 at 03:27 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I don’t mind it most of the time, but the, “Oh, it’s a cutthroat business = no need to ever cite anyone, ever” spiel wears thin when you’ve posted the umpteenth story on a topic and somebody goes and runs with it.  I deal.  I think everybody who works in this business has to deal with it.  It’s just annoying.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 09/03/10 at 03:46 PM ET

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