Jared Keller, news director at Mic, has been fired from his position at the startup after a Gawker investigation unearthed “at least 20″ plagiarized passages from a variety of news organizations including The Associated Press, Reuters and Storyful.
Jake Horowitz, Mic’s editor-in-chief, provided Poynter with the following statement:
Jared Keller is no longer employed at Mic. Plagiarism is unacceptable in any form and our editorial policies make that very clear. We appreciate Gawker bringing these issues to our attention, and as we continue our internal review, we’ll be transparently updating any story that violates our standards.
Mic takes responsibility for allowing this to happen. We’re going to use this as an opportunity to improve as an organization, and we’re already soliciting candid feedback from our editorial staff about what we can be doing better.