In the past few days, I’ve seen some great journalism. Deadbeatdolehead has documented an “error” by House of Ireland, who advertised for a Jobbridge intern. As DBDH points out, the job description differed when the same position was listed on a jobs website.
As people protested to House of Ireland about what they had done, they were eventually forced to shut down commenting on their Facebook page.
It’s not the first time I’ve seen something like this happen. And it’s not the first time I’ve seen such a story go unreported in “mainstream media”.
I’m not sure why these stories get ignored., Maybe there’s a snobbishness among journalists, and they disdain the web. Maybe it’s a Not Invented Here attitude. Maybe an editor got cold feet about potential libel letters. Maybe no journalist noticed.
On a good day, this blog will get pageviews in the hundreds. I suspect most blogs in Ireland are doing the same. A few will number in the thousands. The networks are loose, casual, and small. I suspect that makes them easy to ignore when they break stories.
So if Twitter records a falling tree, but mainstream media ignores the story, does it make a noise?