Plagiarism questions at Chicago paper owned by a state legislator

Better Government Association Illinois state Sen. Steven M. Landek (D) The Better Government Association (BGA), a Chicago-based investigative journalism nonprofit, has accused the editors of the Desplaines Valley News of plagiarizing numerous stories in a series of unsigned editorials. The co-owners of the paper are Illinois state Sen. Steven M. Landek (D) and former Chicago Sun-Times editorial page … Read More

Providence Journal denies accusations of plagiarism

The Providence Journal has denied allegations made by a local news site that it cribbed language from area TV station WPRI, telling Poynter the paper has a news partnership that allows it to share content with the station. The denial comes in response to … Read More

Should student newspapers name fabulists and plagiarists?

Last October, Megan Card searched through more than two years' worth of stories in University of South Dakota student paper The Volante. She was following up on a tip, looking for proof that a student on the paper was making things up. Card, then the paper's editor-in-chief, found that reporter Joey Sevin had cited several sources — 10 in all … Read More

Tallahassee Democrat sports reporter resigns after plagiarizing: 'I am sincerely sorry'

Tallahassee Democrat A Florida State University sports reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat has resigned after plagiarizing a story by a freelance reporter. The paper was made aware earlier this week that a story by reporter Natalie Pierre bore several similarities to an article by freelance writer Tim Linafelt, Tallahassee Democrat editor Bob Gabordi wrote in an … Read More

Spin loses another editor-in-chief

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. Craig Marks is no longer EIC of Spin: Marks tells Poynter via email he's out. He was the publication's fourth editor in two years. Stephen Blackwell, SpinMedia's fourth CEO in the same amount of time, told me Monday that he had "high hopes" for the publication, and that it would add … Read More