To fully understand where I'm going with this post you have to first read my recent news story published in the St. Pete Times. Read: St. Pete Times and the Critic. Within a week or more after that article came out, I noticed another version online. Check this out:
Original Link: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/media/content/motown-maurice-trades-tampa-los-angeles-go-broke-bid-stardom
SEPTEMBER 01, 2011
Motown Maurice trades Tampa for Los Angeles in a go-for-broke bid for stardom
I noticed a huge difference in the style of writing and I couldn't help but try to understand why the online version wasn't printed instead. I like the online version better and the reporter did the same thing last year. Before calling to ask why, I first inquired responses from my Urgent Message Union on Facebook. Here are the responses I received.
Is there any way Eric Deggans can go back and retract the story that was in St Pete Times two weeks ago and replace it with this one???? What is going on, this is such a nice article!
September 8 at 5:47pm
He definitely should, you're absolutely right. He needs to go back and retract the story in the St. Pete Times.
Before calling I realized that Phil had a good point. Regardless of his reasons, I'm still appreciative but I still desire full understanding. I called him today for the first time since he wrote the pieces to first thank him and to ask a few questions of course. His explanation informed me of the differences. The newspaper version is reviewed and edited by someone else. They pick the pictures and I believe they also write the headline. The story has to immediately address whats happening to the readers. Its a different format and platform. As a writer Eric Deggans has the responsibility to deliver the facts to the reader. Although he told me they really didn't change anything in his story, I understood the circumstances.
As apposed to the online version/blog its a more conversational piece. There is much more freedom in writing that. The power of knowing is a wonderful thing. This allows me not to get emotionally pointless and instead use the knowledge towards the benefit of future stories. Initially, I was trying to figure out "What in the world is going on?" Now that I understand, I know what to expect in the future. Not only with future articles with him but with other reporters. I'm learning the process and that's most important.
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