Friday, February 23, 2007

Pathetic Item of the Day

From our friends at the, comes this little insight:

Greeley Tribune has agreed to end a years-old practice of copying stories from competing newspapers and falsely labeling them as Associated Press stories, the newspaper’s publisher said today.

“That’s clearly a very bad journalism practice,” said Steve Weaver, the Tribune’s publisher...Weaver said the practice began several years ago when Chris Cobler was the newspaper’s editor. Cobler is currently overseeing the paper’s online operations and announced this week that he was leaving to take a job with the Poynter Institute, a St. Petersburg, Fla., organization that provides training programs for professional journalists.
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So, he's now going to train the next generation and teach existing professionals that, well, now it's okay to infringe and miscredit articles - especially from your cross-town competition. I'd just love to see this happen between the New York Times and New York Post, or, the Washington Post and Washington Times. Nice. Lawyers, start your engines!

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Anonymous said...

Here's an interesting follow-up to this story:

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