Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Forget About Credit -- How About A Byline?

I came upon an apparent case of plagiarism a little while back. Several lines from Palm Beach Post reporter Stephanie Slater's stories last year about a brothel bust were clearly lifted by Linda Marx, a freelance reporter who used to work for People magazine, in a spread in the glossy Boca Raton Magazine. What's interesting is that the Post editor John Bartosek was more than willing to forget about what was an obvious transgression rather than "pick a fight" with the magazine. The full story is coming out in the New Times today and I'll post a link as soon as it's available. [Here's the link].

ALSO: See comments under John Grogan post about Ana Menendez's column on Donna Shalala and the UM janitor imbroglio. Oh, and yes, it's the Story of the Day.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plagiarists have stolen Palm Beach Post stories on numerous occasions (I've had mine swiped twice), and the Post never wants to "pick a fight" about it. The reporters find it quite frustrating.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, this goes back about 10 years, but i'm a post writer and had some work lifted in a travel book. they jumped right on it, even though it was such a small publisher, there wasn't a penny to be made. i got the sense that they took it very, very seriously.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The issue isn't money. Who cares if there isn't "a penny to be made"? The issue is standing up for your staff's work as well as some notion of integrity in journalism. Letting other publications steal your work with impunity allows the Jayson Blairs of the world to prosper at the expense of people who are trying to do an honest living.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The janitors campaign is asking for people who want to help to give Donna Shalala a call at (305) 284-5155

5:14 AM  

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