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Medill Journalism Student: ‘Clearly I Did Not Know the Proper Way to Aggregate’

DeseretNewsLogoIt’s been a rough week for the Deseret News, a well-trafficked Utah newspaper owned by the Church of Latter-day Saints, and their recent summer intern Michael Smith. All thanks to the intrepid efforts of iMediaEthics managing editor Sydney Smith.

On Monday-Tuesday, Smith gradually got to the bottom of dozens of improperly attributed online items, all with Smith’s byline. Today, the former intern, a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, explains and takes full responsibility for his sloppy actions involving sources such as the Washington Examiner and cbc.ca:

“Clearly I did not know the proper way to aggregate, which was my intention,” he told iMediaEthics via email. “I now know that I should have used quotation marks even after I wrote ‘According to…’ or ‘X reports that…’ I thought that explicitly stating whoever reported made it clear that it was from them, and not me, but I was obviously wrong.”

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Utah Columnist Apologizes to New York Times Contributor

Following up some earlier reporting on the matter, Sydney Smith circles back today at imediaethics.org with Deseret News columnist Richard Eyre about the lack of full and proper attribution in a July 31 column. The article is no longer online.

Eyre, who shares his column byline with wife Linda, confirmed that their articles often consist largely of citations from other sources, along with their noted agreement. He explains how he came to “hurriedly and stupidly” fudge the full credit to author and NYT op-ed page contributor Adam Grant and shares an apology email he sent. It reads, in part:

While we began and ended the column by crediting you, Mr. Grant, in my haste to file the story, I neglected in the middle part of the column to provide the full and proper attribution and quotation marks as we normally do.

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