This is why Journalists suck

I’m writing this on my personal blog because it’s my view not Tom’s and not 360Conferences. (I really hate that disclaimer)

We just got back from a really successful 360|iDev, it rocked! iPhone developers are a really cool group of folks. I’ll be writing up my thoughts on the conference in another blog post, but wanted to rail on journalists for a second. I won’t lie, my irritation is self serving.

I wrote to TUAW and iLounge a good month and some change about our iPhone developer conference, no reply. No biggy, we were unknown, they could care less. Done.

Then we got an email from a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, asking for a press pass to 360|iDev. She was interested in talking to Jay Freeman about Cydia. We extended our warm welcome, hoping that as “Beat reporter for iPhone” an iPhone developer conference (first of it’s kind since O’Reilly pulled the plug), put on by developers would be interesting. Turns out no, that’s not an interesting story.

As far as we know the reporter never showed at the conference (We work the reg booth, we’d know).

Jay announced that the Cydia store was coming at 360|iDev, it’d be here Friday after the conference (3/6). What really irks me, is that TUAW, Engadget, iLounge, and the WSJ can’t be bothered to mention where the announcement was first made, just that it was made.

Don’t get me wrong, Jay is the rock star! I’m this much closer to jailbreaking because of his work. Like I said my annoyance is purely self serving, but it is part of the story. “At a developer conference in San Jose, Jay Freeman announced the imminent launch of the Cydia Store.”  Props to Jay, keep up the good work, making the iPhone better!

Update: Tom’s Guide at least got it.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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