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.