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Prince George Citizen apologizes for plagiarism

February 20, 2013

In a letter to his readers, managing editor Neil Godbout of the Prince George Citizen apologized for an apparent case of plagiarism by one of the paper’s now-former staff.

The staff member was not identified in the letter but Godbout does say that person has been let go.

From Godbout’s letter:

While fact-checking an opinion piece written last week by this staff member, the similarity between the submitted work and a blog became apparent. The final paragraph of the submitted opinion piece was nearly verbatim to a similar paragraph in the middle portion of the blog. The staff writer did not credit the original writer or make any indication that the final paragraph of the opinion piece was written by someone else.

The full letter, found here, is very apologetic to the readers and I’d say great credit is due to the Citizen for being so upfront about the situation and dealing with it so quickly.

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  1. Mighty pen and pad
    March 4, 2013 at 10:09 am

    If a senior employee at a public institution plagiarized, was caught and was fired you dam right she or she would be named. The Citizen holds other institutions and people accountable but holdd their own employees to a lesser standard. I agree with Nesteroff that backtracking needs to be done but, really, who has the time and the staff to do so anymore?

  2. Greg Nesteroff
    February 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    A good start, but not nearly enough. The Citizen is not doing anyone any favours by failing to name the staff member. Furthermore, as this was not an isolated incident, the previous transgressions need to be enumerated. Who, besides the readers, are the victims? Whose work did he/she steal?

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