By Daily Mail Reporter… really?

WHATEVER you think of the regular moans on these pages about story thievery and the piggy-backing of local newspapers, here’s a pretty crummy thing at the top of the journalism food chain. The links below aren’t the uncredited lifting of a story idea or borrowed quotes from the pages of the Camden New Journal, it’s pretty much the whole lock, stock and barrel. Grabbed. It’s shit, lazy-arsed and it should be on the Leveson agenda.

You see, the Daily Mail is essentially running entire paragraphs from the New Journal‘s story about the suspension of a coroner. Sentences that I wrote or saw subbed onto a page in Camden Town, not just quotes, are sitting on the Daily Mail‘s website as if it was all done by ‘Daily Mail Reporter’. It’s beyond cheeky. They haven’t even bothered to re-write it, change it around, use a thesaurus. I’ve moaned about nationals lifting quotes without saying that they came from our paper before but this is something on a whole new level of lazy.

Regardless of whether you are interested in the story, seriously, make your own mind up. Compare and contrast below. It’s a horror show.

Camden New Journal on Thursday: St Pancras Coroner’s Court


Daily Mail on Saturday: Coroner who hired unqualified wife…

8 Comments on By Daily Mail Reporter… really?

  1. Michael Way // February 12, 2012 at 8:30 am //

    Could I suggest the NUJ to start with; they have excellent lawyers
    You could always bill them (sending in a copy of your original)
    perhaps see if you could copyright your stuff; though I don’t know about the implications
    The Leveson enquiry and toothless PCC???

    Michael Way

  2. Keith Sedgwick // February 12, 2012 at 9:10 am //

    Isn’t is interesting that the most ardent critics of Capitalism find it difficult to the distinguish between the Personal and Property when it comes to themselves?

    It strikes me that someone working for the CNJ should be content with the socialization on Journalism, not upset. Remember comrade, private property is theft!

    • Just as hypocritical for a capitalist apologists to steal property and claim it’s newly found socialist principles?
      More especially when it is within the confines of a capitalist system.which it espouses?

  3. Keith totally misses the main point of why this matters. If the Mail and other national papers are lifting quotes and reporting without attribution, verification or any reporting of their own, that means they can’t vouch for the accuracy of the story. That completely undermines their credibility as journalists.

    They might be right to trust the CNJ’s reporting in this case, but their widespread practice of lifting stories without attribution or any reporting of their own means that they both repeat inaccurate stories without any idea where they went wrong, as well as inevitably introducing mistakes of their own when they miss a nuance in the editing of the original story.

    As a former CNJ reporter now working in the U.S., I frequently have my stories lifted by the Daily Mail’s U.S. Website. They routinely introduce unintentional mistakes into the stories that they rewrite, simply because they do not do any reporting. Stories that have been carefully written and read by several editors and a lawyer at my paper are carelessly rewritten with inaccuracies and libels by the Mail. As a journalist working at the Mail, I’d be worried about being sued. As a reader of the Mail, I’d be concerned that the anonymous “Daily Mail Reporter” does not know what he’s writing about.

    I don’t think anyone would accuse the U.S. of reluctance when it comes to capitalism, but journalists here are unanimous in their contempt for this habit of the Mail’s. Not because they’re being ripped off – though they are certainly being ripped off – but because the practice of lifting quotes and stories without attribution undermines the credibility of newspapers in general.

    But by all means make your silly little point about socialism.

  4. Theo Blackwell // February 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm //

    Evening Standard do the same trick lots – I raised it with their editor after they repeated an error they lifted verbatim from the Ham+High, said he’d “reflect on it.”

  5. Graham Peasantry // February 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm //

    Kim’s absolutely right – this story was reproduced in the New York Post as well as the Daily Star – and re-used quotes from a blog someone wrote for a laugh…

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