I went to the launch of National Cyber Security Awareness Week in Melbourne yesterday. That resulted in two stories for APC. One, about the Australian Federal Police launching an investigation into Google, has been pretty widely covered in other outlets after being strategically bellowed (there’s no other way to describe it) at the launch. The other, about how Senator Stephen Conroy currently can’t use his iPhone because his daughter has changed the settings, only showed up in APC. That doesn’t particularly surprise me — most of the other journalists at the launch were political rather than technological, so I doubt it would have occurred to them to ask, as I did, why Senator Conroy didn’t have a password on his iPhone after he cracked a joke about it during his presentation.
Actually, it’s not quite true that it only showed up in APC. One of Conroy’s iPhone quotes is also the lead item into today’s Media Diary in the Australian. The event speech hasn’t made it into Senator Conroy’s web site, so it would seem a reasonable guess that my report was the source. But in fact I don’t have to guess; Amanda Meade contacted me via Twitter to ask if I’d asked the questions at the press conference, and I replied in the affirmative. Despite that, there’s no mention whatsoever of the source of the quote in the final item.
There’s no point in being overly precious about replies made in public press conferences — anyone attending is going to use them. But it still strikes me as a bit odd to confirm that someone asked a given question at an event, and then report it in a way that completely avoids mentioning that fact. “Old media” is of course infamous for this kind of behaviour, and maybe it was in the original and got cut by the subs, but that doesn’t stop it being mildly annoying.