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Blogosphere has some harsh words for the Irish Independent

Some comments going round a couple of blogs today about the attitude of the Irish Independent towards bloggers. Damian Mulley mentions here that they’re looking for people to blog for them on their site for free. While over at Maman Poulet, there’s talk of an Irish Independent phenomonen that I’m pretty familiar with myself.

That is where Irish Independent journalists trawl websites using their easily identifiable work PC’s looking to theive stories for their own paper. Here’s how it works:

  • I write an article (on getting cheaper home insurance for example) and post it on Value Ireland.
  • Then, a few days later, I read the Irish Independent and see an article called “Top tips to make sure you get a bargain
  • I read said article, but then I start getting a sense of deja-vu.
  • And then at the last “top tip”, I realise that my work has just earned some journalist his salary for the week, while I get nothing, not even a credit or mention for the original material.

Let’s play a game of “Spot the Difference” – answers via Comments please. Firstly, from the Irish Independent in 2007.

You could bring down your premium costs by volunteering to pay more of an excess
towards the cost of each claim. Only do this if you can afford to do so,
however.

And now, from Value Ireland way back in 2004

Larger Excess – You could bring down your premium costs by volunteering to pay more of an excess towards the cost of each claim. Only do this if you can afford to do so however.

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