Middletown Press reporter plagiarizes local Patch site

Middletown Press
An article in the Oct. 27 edition of the Journal Register Company’s Middletown (Conn.) Press was found to have “significant portions that were identical” to a story published the previous day by the Middletown Patch, the Press announced today.

Matt DeRienzo, group editor of the Middletown Press, writes:

The article was about an incident in which Middletown police charged a man with disorderly conduct for field-dressing a deer carcass in a parking lot near Wesleyan University. It was picked up in our sister publications the New Haven Register and The Register Citizen before we were alerted by editors at Patch about the similarities in the article.

You can read the Patch story here and the Press story here.

Similar instances involving “facts in a near-identical order and story structure” were discovered in other stories as well, DeRienzo writes. The Press added an editor’s note to the online stories in question and is running a story about the plagiarism in its print editions. DeRienzo said Walt Gogolya, “is no longer employed” by the Press.

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  • http://twitter.com/DigitalDionne Dionne N. Walker

    The Patch folks may be working their hearts out – but we all know those sites are generally light on news. Plagiarism is plagiarism – but that still is pretty surprising to me!

  • Anonymous

    as opposed to an ACCEPTABLE instance of plagiarism?

  • http://twitter.com/DigitalDionne Dionne N. Walker

    Someone plagiarized a Patch…?

  • Andrew Larson

    Did anyone else find the headline on DeRienzo’s apology a little odd? “EDITOR’S NOTE: An unacceptable incidence of plagiarism.”

    Maybe try “instance”?