Hypocrites. They stole my idea!
Recently I was invited to become a staff contributor for a web site which features (rather sensationalized) articles about the city of Montreal and what's happening on the streets. I had hoped that I could finally use my writing skills to earn some money. One catch however is that article ideas are examined ahead of time by the editorial staff and accepted or rejected as he sees fit. Contributors are warned up front that more ideas are rejected than accepted. Well and good.
Several days ago I suggested a potential article on the Geocaching outdoor game, only to have it rejected. I was told: "We don't let contributors make news. I sent this to our full time staff for review." This morning I noticed that another writer has posted an article about it, using almost the same wording for the title that I had suggested.
I am furious and I'm tempted to tell them that I can't in good faith work for a company where people steal others' ideas and take credit for them. Is this practice common in web writing?
This morning's comment from an editor concerning a bird-watching article idea I sent yesterday: "Rejected - Our audience is 18-24." Okay, so he's making a HUGE assumption that young people don't care about the natural world. Real smooth, dude.
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