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Glendale News-Press Plagiarist Now Blogging for Patch

This past September, Glendale News-Press columnist Dan Kimber was caught plagiarizing passages from an OtherWords column by Sam Pizzigati. Kimber fessed up and his column was dropped. In the month that followed, the News-Press reviewed all of Kimber’s old columns and found that 20 percent contained elements of plagiarism.

So that’s the end of that, right? Kimber’s columnist days are over?

Apparently not. As of today Kimber will now be blogging for Montrose Patch. Montrose Patch editor Nicole Charky attempts to explain the decision.

The reason is pretty simple: Patch is a forum for the entire community.

We need to make clear that we make a distinction between blogs on Patch and articles.

Patch articles are written by trained and paid journalists. Articles are subject to journalistic standards of accuracy, fairness, originality and ethics and are edited to conform to those standards. We own them and we are responsible for them.

By contrast, blogs are submitted by unpaid volunteers who are community members. Some are writers, but the majority are simply residents with something to say. We invite all to blog, but we don’t tell you what to say. We don’t edit what you write. Bloggers own their blogs. They are responsible for what’s in them, and they are free to say what they like. Patch simply provides a platform.

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Extensive Plagiarism at the Glendale News-Press

Back in September, editors at the Glendale News-Press noticed that education columnist Dan Kimber’s Sept. 9, 2011 column in the paper had largely been plagiarized from OtherWords columnist Sam Pizzigati. Kimber came clean and his column was discontinued.

Since that time, the News-Press has reviewed all of Kimber’s columns from the past two years. They discovered that nearly 20 percent of all Kimber’s pieces contained elements of plagiarism.

From the News-Press:

The amount taken in each instance varied, from a few sentences to nearly the entire column.

News-Press guidelines are explicit about properly identifying and citing our sources. Trust is the backbone of this paper’s reputation.

Editing safeguards have been put in place to help prevent this from occurring in the future.

Tough blow for one of the few papers that’s actually been hiring recently in the LA area. Hopefully this incident doesn’t set back the paper’s growth.

H/T LA Observed