Monday, February 15, 2010

Another plagiarism flap at the New York Times?

The NYT is quoted: "Copying language directly from other news organizations without providing attribution -- even if the facts are independently verified -- is a serious violation of Times policy and basic journalistic standards."

There is a charge that Zachery Kouwe "reused language from The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and other sources without attribution or acknowledgement." [quotes from which in turn came from an EDITORS' NOTE in the NYT]

Kouwe's NYT profile includes:

Based in New York, Mr. Kouwe joined The Times in 2008. He earned a master's degree in journalism at the University of Colorado and a B.A. in economics at Hamilton College. Before joining The Times, Mr. Kouwe served as The New York Post's chief mergers and acquisitions reporter from 2005 to 2008.

Mr. Kouwe, who grew up in Tampa, Fla., serves on the board of governors of the New York Financial Writers Association.

IPBiz notes the concept of cross-over plagiarism in journalism could be material for Helene Hegemann'a next book.

And, Colorado was the home of Ward Churchill's escapades in plagiarism.


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