Earlier this month I wrote about a presentation Dr. Jay Butler made to the Arizona Real Estate Educators Association. Dr. Butler covered a wide variety of topics but spent a bit of time discussing the real estate markets in Maricopa, Queen Creek and the rest of Pinal County.
Apparently, an intrepid reporter at the Casa Grande Dispatch took notice of my article via a Google alert for Maricopa real estate. She took my post, sent it to Dr. Butler in whole for verification and then “expanded the story from there,” as she told me today.
What she didn’t do, however, was attribute my original post. I was at the meeting. She was not. And verifying the information with Dr. Butler doesn’t make him the primary source for the article. The source still was my post.
I was mentioned in the article (and thanks to John Wake for the link), but only in as much as my comments being mischaracterized to say Dr. Butler was a cheerleader for the real estate industry. That isn’t what I actually wrote. Such views usually are the purview of the real estate bubbleheads, subject to whether he agrees with their views on any given day.
Though I’m a little miffed at the liberally borrowed content (three paragraphs were re-used nearly verbatim), I find the genesis of the story to be more interesting, especially for those who still hold the ink-splashed grey ladies of print to be the paragon of journalism in America.
The reporter didn’t cover a speech. The reporter covered a blog post about a speech that I, a simple real estate agent in the Phoenix area, covered myself. If news happens and no one is around to report it, is it still news? Historically, no.
Thanks to the blogs, it’s increasingly likely someone will be there to write the report.[tags]real estate reporting, real estate marketing, Phoenix real estate[/tags]