Middletown Press reporter plagiarizes local Patch site

Middletown Press

An article in the Oct. 27 edition of the Journal Register Company's Middletown (Conn.) Press was found to have "significant portions that were identical" to a story published the previous day by the Middletown Patch, the Press announced today.

Matt DeRienzo, group editor of the Middletown Press, writes:

The article was about an incident in which Middletown police charged a man with disorderly conduct for field-dressing a deer carcass in a parking lot near Wesleyan University. It was picked up in our sister publications the New Haven Register and The Register Citizen before we were alerted by editors at Patch about the similarities in the article.

You can read the Patch story here and the Press story here.

Similar instances involving "facts in a near-identical order and story structure" were discovered in other stories as well, DeRienzo writes. The Press added an editor's note to the online stories in question and is running a story about the plagiarism in its print editions. DeRienzo said Walt Gogolya, "is no longer employed" by the Press.

  • Charles Apple

    A longtime news artist and designer, Apple is the former graphics director of the Virginian-Pilot and the Des Moines Register. He teaches design and graphics workshops, does some consulting work and blogs for the American Copy Editors Society.

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