Staffers from the Daily iPad newspaper spent more than five weeks of reporting, writing, fact-checking and editing a two-part report on the most prestigious boarding school in the Scientology world. Last Friday — two days after the Daily’s series concluded — a remarkably similar story appeared in the Daily Mail. “Same quotes, same details, same ideas,” writes Benjamin Carlson. “In fact, there was no information in it that wasn’t contained in my article. How odd! Yet there was not one little link to our story anywhere at all (although they were kind enough to mention us a few times).” He points out that “it wasn’t quite plagiarism — that’s not how they make the sausage at the Mail. But they do run an impressive grinder and our story just got stuffed into it that day. Different product, same meat.” || Earlier stories:
* Daily Mail lifts from WP, then asks for help getting a photo
* Daily Mail uses blogger’s photos after she denies them permission
* Daily Mail runs NYT story and slaps its reporter’s byline on it
As writers, we know what we know, but often find it difficult to imagine what it’s like not to know what we know — to the detriment of the reader.