I’m always a little afraid of sounding whiny in all of this. I’d like credit for my hard work, but it’s true that this sort of thing happens all the time in journalism. You can only “own” a story in the figurative sense. And a Google search will reveal that the Hayne story has been mine since I first started looking into it a few years ago. So it’s not a huge deal. Just frustrating.
The really galling part though, as both Tech Dirt and the City Paper explain, is that the traditional media has itself been whining lately about bloggers and other new media sites using their reporting without proper credit.