I am involved with a big site (online 1995, PR 7 site).
One type of content they have is given to print news publications for "exclusive" publishing, which basically means that the content will first appear in the print and website of the newspaper website. The content creator will publish the content in their own website 24 hours after the newspaper publishes it. This is an agreement with various print media, not just one newspaper.
The problem is this: when searching for the exact title of the content, the content creator's page cannot be found. But the print publication's website -- and all those who have scrapped the content -- show up. So basically everyone EXCEPT the content creator shows up for searches of the content.
Is the fact that the content creator publishes the content 24 hours after the newspaper published it causing this problem? I get it that Google cannot determine where the content really originated from in this case. But given the "authority" of this content creator in its space, I thought that that could trump this problem and still show up.
Can someone help explain this problem? And how the original content creator make their site appear when searches for their content comes up?