Hearst is reviewing Journatic content after false bylines published on Houston Chronicle sites

Hearst-owned newspapers are “reviewing content” supplied by journalism-outsourcing company Journatic after Poynter’s report Monday that the company published more than 350 false bylines on Houston Chronicle website stories.

The company issued the following statement through Chronicle Communications Director Nicki Britton:

Hearst Newspapers, including the flagship Houston Chronicle, is reviewing content it has received from Journatic. As part of this review, changes already have been made to their byline and attribution processes, and all archived content that resides on Chron.com that carried misattributed bylines is in the process of being corrected. We are closely monitoring our relationship with Journatic to be certain that its work product meets the highest journalistic and ethical standards.

Related: Journatic published hundreds of stories under fake bylines on Houston Chronicle websites (Poynter) || Earlier: Journatic memo to staff: ‘DO NOT LIE ABOUT YOUR NAME’ | The Sun-Times and GateHouse end their relationships with Journatic, and the Tribune suspends it after plagiarism revelations, newsroom takes over TribLocal (Poynter) | Journatic worker takes ‘This American Life’ inside outsourced journalism (Poynter).

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  • Anonymous

    When you outsource your credibility to save money… you get what you pay for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wayne.myers Wayne Myers

    “Outsourced journalism.” This is the bitter fruit of media companies that have laid off hundreds of seasoned journalists and ruined opportunities for talented new journalists to turn to journalism on the cheap with its predictable outcome of fabricated stories and sources, plagiarism, and now, fake by-lines. The rule book has been thrown out. And the Style Book. And the code of ethics. It’s sad that newsrooms are now in the grasp of editors that act as if they are enemies of journalism. I am also sick of the specious reasoning deployed to justify the layoffs that Internet editions somehow require less staff. There are still beats that need to be covered, restaurants and plays to be reviewed, and corruption to be reported, etc. When a media company cuts staff, something will no longer be covered as a consequence.

    Wayne Myers 

  • http://twitter.com/NNVC_fraud Bob Wheeler

    LOL… their fake “review” will last as long as it takes to get print pages delivered by Journatic this week, since it’s way too late to start from scratch. As soon as that is done – either tonight or tomorrow – expect the Chron to become suddenly “enraged” over these matters. Hypocrites.