Hmmm, this looks kinda familiar. Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Regardless, go out and check it out.

6 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (daveshare) on March 12th, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

    hahaha! nice. I wish they’d steal MY stories! ;-)

  2. jumpcut on March 13th, 2009 @ 5:42 am

    That’s disgusting…and not the first time this particular reporter has plageurized. He stole a story from a local food blog a while ago. He should be fired.

  3. Gina (oc_gina) on March 13th, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    jumpcut, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that plagiarism is involved. It’s a public event that technically should be covered by someone at the Register.

    Bloggers use articles from the newspaper all the time, and as long as the words are purely the writers’, I don’t see a problem. And it should work both ways.

  4. jumpcut on March 13th, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    Gina, my problem isn’t with the Register using the story…it’s using the story without giving credit to the original source. Responsible bloggers link to the original source when citing a newspaper article. That’s what the Register should have done here. Otherwise it’s plagiarism.

  5. Gina (oc_gina) on March 13th, 2009 @ 9:59 am

    I understand what you are saying, but when covering a limited geographical area, there is sure to be some overlap in content.

    To come out and say that someone is plagiarizing when covering a public event is entering slippery territory, IMHO. We can’t prove that the author didn’t receive an email or tip or whatever, so I tend to err on the side of coincidence unless specific language is re-used.

    But, we can agree to disagree!

    And look, the Register linked to the article!

  6. Jon (oc_jon) on March 15th, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    Wow.. drama.

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