Saturday, July 30, 2016
Joplin Globe follows KOAM lead on Blasters story
Several times in the past, that approach has been taken when original reporting was done by the Turner Report, then several days later appeared on page one of the Globe with only a few new facts or quotes added.
This time, and it is not the first time for this to happen, the Globe's story came as a result of investigative reporting by KOAM's Jordan Aubey.
In an article that was published online two hours ago, the Globe details the growing problems between the City of Joplin and the Joplin Blasters.
The e-mails used by the Globe are the same ones obtained by Aubey through a Sunshine Law request and cover such areas as the rumors that the Blasters are going to skip town and problems with the maintenance of Joe Becker Stadium.
The article does contains some minor points that were not made during Aubey's report.
I should mention that in no way am I saying that Globe reporters have committed plagiarism. That is not the case. Facts can't be copyrighted, but in these cases the Globe is taking important stories from other news sources, and without adding information that breaks new ground, packaging it as its page one story.
Of course, that is not the only approach the Globe has used with stories from other news outlets. Many times major stories have been slanted to provide a version that is more favorable to Globe officials' friends.