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Gawker Suspends Staffer for ‘Inadvertent Duplication’

gawkerlogoGawker has suspended staff writer Jay Hathaway after he posted a story that featured “several similar phrasings, one outright identical phrase, and a close structural similarity” to a Miami New Times article.

The author of the New Times piece, which is about a “porn diva/foot goddess” (you’re interested now, aren’t you?), alerted Gawker editor Max Read about the issue. After reviewing both pieces, Read decided to suspend Hathaway for one week.

A snippet from Read’s editor’s note, which is now posted on Hathaway’s piece:

The author of the Gawker post, Jay Hathaway, says he read the New Times article before writing his, and “parts of it probably got stuck in my head while I was posting. I didn’t intend to duplicate any of their article, and I definitely meant to link the source prominently.” I believe Jay, but both the inadvertent duplication and the lack of citation are serious errors. Since even the appearance of wrongdoing does damage to our credibility and integrity, I’m suspending Jay for a week. Both he and I offer our sincerest apologies to Munzenrieder and the New Times.

[h/t: Poynter]

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