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Poynter, fire this guy now

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Monday Morning Sportswriter, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. Monday Morning Sportswriter

    Monday Morning Sportswriter Well-Known Member

    From Romenesko. The new M.E. at Poynter Online, when he was editor at a little paper in Colorado, had his staff ripping off competitors' stories for more than a decade ...


    Greeley newspaper acknowledges ethical lapses

    The 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.

    Lehman Communications Publisher Ed Lehman said editors at the Loveland Reporter-Herald, which is owned by his company, spotted the practice and asked the Tribune last week to stop copying stories from the Reporter-Herald’s Web site.

    “They apologized,” Lehman said. “We’ve asked them to stop.”

    In at least two cases this month, the Tribune took stories from the Coloradoan and Loveland Reporter-Herald Web sites, copied them onto the Tribune Web site and put an Associated Press byline on the story.

    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.
  2. With any luck, he has some sort of probationary period, like anyone starting a new job.

    Poynter can let him go during that. Otherwise, they'd lose a lot of credibility for keeping him.
  3. Taylee

    Taylee Member

    Worked with Chris for a while a long time ago. Was the kind of guy who would do whatever it takes to make the paper better. In this case, he did a terrible disservice. Will say he did come across as a weasel to most who knew him.
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Couldn't they have just called AP and had them actually do the dirty work of copying the stories themselves and move them on the wire? Then everyone is happy, except maybe the AP guy.
  5. Moondoggy

    Moondoggy Member

    You can bet this would never happen at the Plain-Dealer.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You bet, Moonie. The Plain-Dealer is the copiee, not the copier.
  7. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Years? YEARS? How did no one notice this for years??
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Maybe the other papers were just seething at the AP for all this time.
  9. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I'm confused about the time frame. I don't think he was there long enough for it to be 10 years or whatever. Could be wrong.
  10. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    Good to see laziness and sneakiness being rewarded by one of the industry's seminal organizations.
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    See, I think that would have been perfectly sarcasty without all the bossy blueishness.
  12. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Agreed, Ace. What makes sarcasm work are those who don't get it. If you have to point out that you're being sarcastic, it's kind of like handing someone the punchline to a joke before you start telling it.
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