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Sac St. student rag sports writer suspended for quote fabrication

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Central-KY-Kid, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. Can't find anything else on this anywhere:

    http://www.statehornet.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticlePrinterFriendly&uStory_id=09fa8ab1-1093-4e00-8fbf-8ecfafcf3a2c

    Correction: Several quotes in sports story fabricated; writer suspended
    By: Hornet Staff
    Posted: 11/2/07
    In response to a recent article written by a staff sports writer, Sacramento State's Athletic Department told the Hornet that several quotes in the article were fabricated. After an investigation, the Hornet concluded that the writer did indeed fabricate several quotes.

    The writer was suspended by the editor in chief for the remainder of the semester.

    The article was promptly removed from statehornet.com.
     
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Who is the reporter?
     
  3. Don't know Doc.

    Google hasn't helped in my search and there was nothing in the Sacramento Bee.
     
  4. didntdoit19

    didntdoit19 Member

    Just suspended?
     
  5. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    College paper?
    Who outside the Sacramento State campus gives a fuck?
     
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I would bet this happens at about 90 percent of college newspapers...

    Obviously, that doesn't make it right...
     
  7. FreddiePatek

    FreddiePatek Active Member

    When I was SE of my college rag, we had a situation. There was a very inflammatory quote from a basketball player that was misinterpreted by our writer, who was German. He didn't have a tape recorder. He listened to the player, wrote down the quotes in his notebook in German, then translated them back for his story. Someone else did have a tape recorder and it was very clear he was wrong.

    Now, this is nowhere near as bad as making up a quote, but it had the same impact, I suppose. We made sure he had a tape recorder from then on. He has since gone on to a fantastic broadcast career in Germany.

    Somewhat of a non-sequitor story, but seeing this just jogged my memory of just how bad collegiate journalism could be from time to time.
     
  8. young effin dud

    young effin dud New Member

    For my first day on the job as sports editor at my college paper, I had a guy hand in a women's basketball gamer. On his way out of the paper's office, he stopped and called back to me, saying, "Hey, I couldn't go into the locker room to get quotes, so I just made them up. Is that ok? It's stuff they would have said."

    The entire room was dumbfounded.

    That same week, a girl handed in a quoteless story because, she said, "I don't have any friends on the softball team."
     
  9. RayKinsella

    RayKinsella Member

    Not sure what is worse. One with no friends or one with too many. We had a girl who started to cover the baseball team. Well, she is cute and the guys started to really take to her. Maybe a little too much if you know what I mean.
     
  10. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    I had the same thing. This girl wanted to cover the rugby team, which was just a club team. I said maybe we can do a feature on them. She came in every week wanting to provide beat-like (huh huh) coverage of the team. Later on we found out she was, err, a regular at the bar frequented by athletes.
     
  11. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    We had a women's basketball player request to cover her team and also write an advice column. She already had a name for it, too – Chat with Nat.

    Her first job outside of college was lead female anchor at some TV station in Canada. Either we missed the boat or that is one hell of a small town she is working in.

    Quick google search showed she now works for Canada's Weather Channel. Eh.
     
  12. I'd like to know more about this. How did they conclude the writer fabricated the quotes?
     
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