Plagiarism

NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia

Good morning. 10-ish, anyone? NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia: Part of a July 25 column "used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution; it should not have been published in that form," a grisly editor's note reads. (NYT) | Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Ravi Somaiya “editors have dealt with Carol on … Read More

NYT will take pot questions at 4:20 today

Good morning. Here are 10 or so media stories. BuzzFeed fired Benny Johnson for plagiarism: "After carefully reviewing more than 500 of Benny’s posts, we have found 41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites," BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith wrote Friday night. (BuzzFeed) | Smith's memo to staffers. (@brianstelter) | Johnson's … Read More

BuzzFeed is reviewing Benny Johnson's work

Our Bad Media BuzzFeed is reviewing the work of viral politics editor Benny Johnson, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tells Poynter. Two Twitter users who go by @blippoblappo and @crushingbort have published what they call "more plagiarism" from Johnson, who Smith told Gawker's J.K. Trotter is "one of the web’s deeply original writers." Some of what @blippoblappo … Read More

Coming clean: notes on becoming an honest writer

I’ve written four books since 2006, and I’m at work on another. But for every book that reaches publication, I have at least one (sometimes two or three) proposals rejected. One of them was to be called “The Honest Writer: A Guide to Originality.” I stumbled upon my proposal last week and delivered part of it to a group of … Read More

CNN fires serial plagiarist

CNN CNN has terminated news editor Marie-Louise Gumuchian after discovering "multiple instances of plagiarism," it says in an editors' note Friday. Gumuchian was based in London. An unpublished story flagged last week during our editing process led to an internal investigation that uncovered other examples in about 50 published stories, and our investigation is ongoing. Read More