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NY Daily News editor: 'I accept 100% of the blame'

Jotham Sederstrom, the editor who was fired from the New York Daily News for removing attribution from columns written by senior justice writer Shaun King, publicly apologized this morning. Sederstrom called the deletions an accident in a post on Medium, citing a frenetic newsroom pace, sloppy editing and technical glitch, the error: In all honesty, the controversy  —  a fuck … Read More
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An ethical quandary for nonprofit journalism — are funders calling the shots?

The American Press Institute — and an axis of the biggest journalism foundations — makes the case in a new study that the nonprofit news sector urgently needs a code of ethics for accepting story-related grants. The report, released late Wednesday afternoon at a Columbia Journalism School event, has a pair of damning findings: More than half of 63 … Read More
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Post editor: The media didn't create Donald Trump

Marty Baron, the stoic editor of The Washington Post, balks at the idea that Trump's ascent was created by the media. "I think that exaggerates the role of the media and his ascendance within the Republican Party."

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Fired editor identified

The New York Daily News editor who removed attribution from writer Shaun King's columns in at least three instances has been identified as Jotham Sederstrom, an assignment editor at the Daily News.

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New York Daily News fires editor for deleting attribution

The New York Daily News on Tuesday fired an editor after unearthing a pattern of deletions that made it appear as if a columnist had plagiarized work from multiple news outlets. In an unusual episode in the annals of journalism controversy, Daily News editor Jim Rich announced the firing of the unnamed editor for serial attribution-removal after a brief plagiarism … Read More
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Daily News columnist blames 'editor’s error’ for lifted material

"Daily Beast executive editor Noah Shachtman accused New York Daily News columnist Shaun King of plagiarizing two paragraphs from the Daily Beast in his latest column. King and the News blamed the plagiarism on an 'editor's error.'"

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For leaky Pulitzers, Washington Post rumor is the latest slip

Does it matter that Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery disclosed that he'd won a Pulitzer? "The prizes, and the mystery around them, are pretty much of interest only to journalists. It was gonna get out anyway. Who cares who broke it!"

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Stephen Glass pays reparations

The former journalist, who was forced from the business after being exposed as a serial fabricator, has paid more than $230,000 to the people and institutions who paid for his fraudulent work.

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Was Gay Talese remiss in failing to report pervy motel owner?

The legendary narrative journalist bore witness to major invasions of privacy. So, was he ethically bound to turn the creepy motelier in? "Proceed with care...when advocating that journalists call the cops. That is not their job; their job is to report."

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Jayson Blair is sorry

The ex-New York Times reporter returned to his alma mater, the University of Maryland, to deliver a public mea culpa for his serial fabrication and plagiarism. "The part that really kills me are the people that I hurt in my personal and professional life who had done absolutely nothing wrong. I’m definitely sorry about it."

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New York Observer will treat Donald Trump like every other candidate

"In the interest of covering the race as fairly as possible despite the unavoidable conflict of interest created by our ownership...Observer writers will now be able to cover Mr. Trump in the same way they cover every other candidate..." The paper is owned by Jared Kushner, a son-in-law to Trump.

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Arianna Huffington: The media is falling down on Trump coverage

The editorial boss and co-founder of The Huffington Post says American media organizations aren't doing enough to call out Trump's "extremism." "We think that he's a little bit like Kim Jong-un. You know, he's both a buffoon, and he's dangerous."

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Rolling Stone subject doesn't want to testify

Lawyers representing "Jackie," the pseudonymous University of Virginia student who told a Rolling Stone reporter she was gang-raped for a flawed magazine feature, is asking not to give a deposition for fear of being "re-traumatized."

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