When I first reported the story in the English-speaking world Saturday that Zoltan Mikóczy, the owner of Hungarian sprinter Overdose, had been arrested in Romania on Wednesday, I also tweeted the following on Twitter:
Are you ready for this? 1st time reported in the US. Overdose owner arrested in Romania and in custody for theft. http://wp.me/ppXKP-SL5:51 PM Oct 24th from web
Zoltan Mikóczy was strip searched and cuffed roadside; accused stealing meat processing equipment. http://wp.me/ppXKP-SL5:52 PM Oct 24th from web
social media will play a role in the Overdose owner’s story. It will probably get play in BH, TTimes, and DRF. Writers will research tonite5:59 PM Oct 24th from web
If they want the story, though, they better not wait around for a press release; ain’t gonna happen…gotta bust ass and do the reSEARCH6:00 PM Oct 24th from web
The last tweet with the reference to a “press release” was aimed at Thoroughbred Times news editor Ed DeRosa, who’d commented on my post Example: How social media plays a role in the news chain that his paper relies on press releases for news about stallions going to stud. Ed hadn’t realized that a recent news story in TT had germinated from one of my tweets into a press release, and that his paper had benefitted from the due diligence of his competitor. Ed wrote: “Actually, no one in here knew about the stallions moving until Millenium sent us a press release. So while social media has definitely played a roll in us following up on other stories in the past, in this instance, your Tweet had nothing to do with us reporting the news. Given the very limited size of our staff, press releases are still the main source of information like this for us.”
As a regular user of Twitter, I’m fully aware that Ed is too, so there’s no question that Ed would have seen my tweets on the arrest of Mr. Mikóczy, which linked to my blog post, which in turn received heavy exposure on Paulick Report. Part of the post is reproduced here:
According to lurid Hungarian press reports, Zoltan Mikóczy, the principal owner of undefeated Hungarian sprinter and national icon Overdose, was arrested in Romania Wednesday and charged with theft in a scheme that involved the stealing of meat processing equipment through the falsification of documents. Mr Mikóczy and companions were stopped and arrested while traveling in a convoy in Romania, and it was reported in various publications that the owner of Overdose was handcuffed and strip searched roadside. A Hungarian of Slovak ancestry, Mr. Mikóczy is still reportedly in custody.” — Sid Fernando
Racing Post writer Graham Greene quickly picked up the story, part of which has been reproduced below after it was posted online at 10:40AM on Oct. 25. He attributed “press reports from Budapest”:
ZOLTAN MIKOCZY, owner of unbeaten Hungarian sprint star Overdose, was arrested in Romania earlier this week, according to press reports from Budapest. Mikoczy is said to have been charged with theft in a scheme that involved the stealing of meat processing equipment through the falsification of documents. Mikoczy was stopped by Romanian police on Wednesday while travelling in convoy through the country with a number of companions. A number of publications in Hungary have reported that Mikoczy was handcuffed and strip-searched by police officers at the roadside, and that he remains in custody in Romania.” — Graham Greene
This morning I woke to read the following in the digital version of Thoroughbred Times Today, Oct. 26 issue, which attributed Racing Post:
Zoltan Mikoczy, owner of unbeaten sprint star Overdose (Starborough), was arrested in Romania last week and charged with theft, Racing Post reported. The charge stems from a scheme involving the alleged theft of meat-processing equipment through falsified documents. Mikoczy remains in the custody of Romanian officials.”
Note the similarity of language in all three pieces. I, of course, wrote the first one.
For those interested in the news chain and the journalistic process, it’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the process now works, and it’s interesting to note that only Paulick Report, a news aggregator, linked to my original post.