USA Today apologizes for lifting weather map

In an e-mailed statement to Poynter, USA Today’s Editor-in-Chief David Callaway explained how New York writer Scott Bateman’s weather map ended up on USA Today’s site with different (and far less colorful) wording and no credit.

“Mr. Bateman’s map was an inspiration for an effort that fell short of our newsroom publishing standards,” Callaway writes. He continues:

As soon as we realized our oversight, we took immediate action to correct our mistake. We apologized to Mr. Bateman and are addressing the situation both internally and externally to give the artist the credit he deserves and to set the record straight for our readers. We do not take these incidents lightly.

Bateman, who has written for Salon and the Huffington Post, tweeted about the maps Tuesday and Wednesday. Jim Romenesko wrote about the maps Wednesday.



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  • Jackie Chiles

    Terrible post.

  • Will Springer

    Jackie – What’s your point? USA Today liberally used the spirit and intelligent property of Bateman’s map without properly crediting him. Are you suggesting the one missing line and your interpretation of Seattle’s weather makes a difference?

  • Jackie Chiles

    They weren’t in exactly the same place. USA Today left out the Maine line. Also, Seattle wasn’t that cold.

  • Umish Katani

    Its got to be a joke… this whole thing is stupid… the map is funny though… and maybe we should report the weather in laymen terms.. as in its effen hot out today, or its hot as hell out there today. it feels like a GD sauna in NYC today… better than its 95degrees and 85% humidity… LOL

  • Vinnie Tesla

    You know what goes well with apologies? Money.

    Some experts recommend six hundred dollars for this sort of thing,