Village Voice says writer fabricated characters for for-profit colleges story

Village Voice

Voice editor Tony Ortega says freelancer Rob Sgobbo made up a character, "Tamicka Bourges," who claimed she'd amassed a large debt at Berkeley College without obtaining a degree. Also, the GAO told the Voice that there's no spokesperson there named "Matt Fraser," whom the story quoted. (An earlier version of this summary said Sgobbo is a Columbia journalism student. He graduated last year, a dean tells Romenesko.)

> New York Daily News stops using Sgobbo as a freelancer

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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