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CP reporter copied story from monthly newsletter

Story printed by the Capital Press under a staff reporter's byline was actually taken from another publication.

A story published in the Dec. 27, 2013 edition of the Capital Press and on capitalpress.com consisted entirely of several paragraphs, including direct quotes, that were taken from a story printed by another publication last summer.

The story, entitled “More hospitals serve local food as part of Health Care Pledge” and appearing under the byline of a Capital Press staff reporter, contained no independent reporting, and little original wording. Instead, it was copied from a more indepth story written by Kathy Pryor for the “Sound Consumer,” a monthly newsletter published by PCC Natural Markets.

Most of the material was copied verbatim, while the remaining sentences were only slightly changed.

The reporter who submitted the story as his own work was terminated by the Capital Press on Jan. 3. The story has been removed from capitalpress.com.

The management of the Capital Press apologized to Pryor and the publishers of the “Sound Consumer” for publishing their copyrighted work.

“We also apologize to our readers,” Joe Beach, editor of the Capital Press, said. “In this instance we failed to meet the professional standards which they expect, and we are obligated to deliver.”

Beach said that the Capital Press will not tolerate plagiarism.



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