[ Monday, May 12, 2003 ]

Smart-ass self-promotion

I lost my New York Times stylebook when writing the article promoted in this entry.

Unlike former NYT reporter Jayson Blair, I actually interviewed the people quoted in my recent story in the Slovak Spectator. I also did not plagiarize anything, as opposed to Blair who was busted for horrible journalistic lapses in dozens of stories, leading the paper to state: “The widespread fabrication and plagiarism represent a profound betrayal of trust and a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper.”

His deception forced the Times to issue a detailed chronicle of his actions concerning stories about the D.C. snipers, American P.O.W. Jessica Lynch, and other major nationally-known events and individuals.

Well, now that the smart-ass comments are out of the way, here is the self-promotion aspect of this post. This link will take you to the Slovak Spectator. It’s a weekly, English-based newspaper in Bratislava - the Slovakia capital.

The story discusses two brothers tracing their Slovak family histories in America. And just to be as honest as possible - again breaking from Blair’s policy - the brothers are my cousins. It also features information collected from my conversations with individuals associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Insert own joke here.)

It’s not in the New York Times. Hundreds of thousands of people will not read it. But it’s honest, straightforward, detailed, accurate and all my own work. And I’ll take that over printing lies in a major paper any day.

Thanks to Craig at The Meatstack for plugging my story. Since it is on the front page of his blog, I cannot provide a direct link to the story itself. Instead, this link will just take you to his site. It was the top story as of late May 12. Just scroll down to find it if you are reading this later.

If I remember, I will provide a direct link when the story works its way off his main page.
Dave Sutor [11:41 PM]