Bylined Stephens Story in Democrat-Gazette a ‘Courtesy'

Readers of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette may have wondered why a story that competitor Stephens Media of Las Vegas had written about its own work was published in the Nov. 27 issue of the statewide daily newspaper.

The story in the Dem-Gaz detailed an award Stephens received for publishing “Saluting American Valor,” a multipart series about decorated Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

Readers weren’t spotting anything unusual in the story, according to Dem-Gaz Deputy Editor Frank Fellone.

“I don’t think there’s any deeper meaning or relevance, except we knew Stephens had been given that award, deservedly so, and they were kind enough to let us publish it,” Fellone said. “It’s not unusual for us to allow another newspaper to publish something we’ve written. [We] sometimes return the courtesy.”