POSTSCRIPT: Over the weekend the Industrial Wind Action Group http://www.windaction.org announced it was revamping its Web site to conform to our request to not publish entire articles from our site. I appreciate the prompt and professional response from IWAG's Lisa Linowes.
EVEN MORE POSTCRIPT: There is a comment below to this blog piece that reads: “This is getting even more farcical: presenting as paragons of ethical behavior the people who stole NWW's entire web site in 2006 (ever wonder why there's a hyphen in wind-watch.org?)!"
OK, evidently National Wind Watch and Industrial Wind Action Group have a history, but history supports IWAG; not NWW, which is represented by the shady Eric Rosenbloom. http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/decisions/html/2008/d2008-0245.html Following the publication of my blog, I have received several interesting comments about Rosenbloom. So stay tuned.
Eyes black as coal and when he lifts his face every ear in the place is on him. Starting soft and slow like a small earthquake; And when he lets go, half the valley shakes.
FEB. 24, 2010: If nothing else, the debate over wind turbines in Northern New York has spawned the creation of several Web sites that bemoan the advent of wind farms in and around Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
And since the Watertown Daily Times produces more information than anyone else about our governments' decisions regarding this issue, these sites, well, cite us.
And as a whole, the Web sites are well done. In Hammond you have the Concerned Residents of Hammond, http://croh.info/
Henderson has the Heart of Henderson at http://www.heartofhendersonny.org/news.php and the site that tries to link all communities together is the Coalition to Preserve The Golden Crescent. http://www.preservethegoldencrescent.com/breaking_news.htm
I recommend them all to you for two reasons:
1) They are well done and easy to navigate. (Yes, they are all anti-wind farms, but even if you are in favor of wind farms you should keep track of what the opposition is up to.)
2) Each site acts ethically in passing on Watertown Times stories. They provide headlines, summations and links to our news stories.
Which is unlike the unethical National Wind Watch, http://www.wind-watch.org/donate.php which posts whole cloth the work of my reporters and then asks readers to send IT money.
Like the majority of newspaper Web sites, our site derives revenue from advertising. The more people who read our stories and click on our ads, the more advertising dollars we generate. At which point a fascinating economic process occurs — the revenue helps pay reporters to produce more stories for our Web site.
It's logic, not magic.
In December I asked the National Wind Watch to clean up its act and join the level of professionalism shown by local Web sites. My request brought an odd response from Eric Rosenbloom, who is the only person I can find who will admit to being connected to this site:
“Our aim is to share (your stories) with a worldwide audience specifically interested in wind power development. We think this adds to your potential readership rather than takes away. Thank you for your understanding, and for your excellent coverage of this important issue.”
And so I asked: Why should anyone bother to come to our site if all of our content is on NWW?
To his discredit, the ethically bankrupt Rosenbloom is an equal opportunity abuser. He provides entire stories from the Washington Post, Associated Press and countless other newspapers. The AP has already written to Rosenbloom, noting that: “All requests for republication of AP material must be in writing, clearly stating the purpose and manner in which the material will be used. All republished material must carry AP credit. Unless specifically noted otherwise, all permission is given for one-time use only. There is a fee for reprint use.”
Right before Christmas, Rosenbloom, who runs Kirby Mountain Composition and Graphics in Kirby Mountain, Vt., began retrofitting our stories on his Web site to comply with my initial request, using a headline, byline, the first few graphs of our stories and then a link to the entire story. But in January he went back to the dark side. The NWW site can still give you dozens upon dozens of complete Watertown Daily Times stories for free — along with Rosenbloom's request that you send HIM money.
Within the next year, more and more newspapers will be putting up pay walls on their Web sites. Readers will lament that in the good old days they could read everything for free. A lot of discussion will take place about a lot of things. But when that day comes we should never forget the contribution made by unethical scoundrels such as Eric Rosenbloom at National Wind Watch, who attempt to make money off the work of actual journalists.