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When’s a scoop not a scoop

Glenn Fleishman: “It’s a well-established practice as a journalist that if you find out about a story from another publication, not a source or your own research, you credit that source. If you don’t know that another publication broke the news, you’re off the hook, too, generally. But don’t go taking my scoop away.” [Via Scobleizer]

I agree with Glenn, but it’s sometimes not that easy. For example, I wrote a story last week for eWeek on the the security holes in Apple’s URI handling for the HelpViewer application. I first read about it on the MacNN forums, via a posting on a mailing list. The original source may have been a German Web site. And there’s a user who claims he first notified Apple about it in February. Who do you credit? In this case, I gave a pointer to the user’s site, and that’s about all.

Sometimes, though, it IS easy. Macworld UK found and posted about the Word “Demo” trojan, and when I wrote about it I credited them – well done to Karen Haslem for breaking the story.

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