Poughkeepsie Journal apologizes to Daily Freeman for ‘mirrored sentences’

Kingston (NY) Daily Freeman staffer Ivan Lajara wasn’t going to let the Poughkeepsie Journal get away with using his paper’s words.

Ivan Lajara

On Friday, he let his Twitter followers know that the Journal “ripped off” the Daily Freeman’s story about a proposed tuition hike. He also alerted the Journal — via Twitter — about the similar wording.

After failing to hear from the Journal, Lajara tweeted on Friday night: “@pokjournal exec editor was notified at 9:04 a.m. Main account ignoring all tweets all day long. Storifying. @romenesko next.”

He storified his tweets about the matter and also contacted me. Finally, the Journal addressed the matter.

Daily Freeman managing editor Tony Adamis writes on his blog:

On Saturday morning, [Journal executive editor] Stu [Shinske] called me and said he had not been made aware of the situation until late Friday. The tweets were not brought to his attention, he said, and he never received my email. He assured me he took the matter seriously and would get back to me after he had had a chance to fully investigate.

He called me back late Saturday afternoon, with his findings and what I can only characterize as a profuse apology.

Today’s Journal has an apology to the Daily Freeman and Journal readers. “We have taken this breach extremely seriously — it’s unacceptable,” writes editor Shinske. “We deeply value the trust readers place in us and we work every day to ensure we continue to earn that trust.”

* Content in Journal story duplicated passages elsewhere (Poughkeepsie Journal)
* Poughkeepsie Journal apologizes for use of Freeman material (Tony Adamis)

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