This was submitted via NP's intranet this morning:
Our editors are finding it tough to do their work on account of the misleading sense of the use of the word "exclusive" and I agree completely with the emerging consensus. One solution proposed is to add a flag, "Original" to describe material that actually comes from a member's personal blog.
" 'Original' would be a great flag so that those with their own blogs/columns/etc could highlight material as original and leave it posted at their own location. " (killfile)
But I also think that we need to figure out a way to eliminate the "exclusive" designation - which is automatically appended to any story that is created using the "What's Your Story" route - from any story that an editor flags as incomplete or inauthentic. I realize this would create a third kind of story.