Wednesday, September 15, 2010

'The plaque for the alternates ...'

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:59 AM

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A story crediting the Gazette for speaking with the police department regarding medical marijuana statistics is making the Associated Press wire service rounds.

In it, the AP states, "The Gazette newspaper reports that Colorado Springs police have yet to find a correlation between the city's 175 or so dispensaries and increased crime."

While all technically true, the main problem here, the problem the daily naturally fails to acknowledge? We already wrote that story. The same story. Two months ago.

So while it's making the rounds, we reached out by phone to Denver bureau chief Jim Clark for clarification on the AP's attribution policy.

"[The point is] to credit members of the AP when we pick up a story from them," Clark says. "It isn't to say, 'They got it first.' It's just to say, 'This organization is a member of this news cooperative, and this is where we got the news from.'"

Clark continues with kudos for our Pam Zubeck, who reported the original story.

"Pam clearly wrote a very similar story reaching the same conclusion," he says. "Hats off to Pam, who's one of the best reporters in the state hands down. But the purpose here isn't to say that 'X' news organization got it first."

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