Thursday, July 5, 2012

Reporter sues over "press release" firing

There is little in this reporter's defense of his firing that makes sense to me. On the other hand, I think it would have been ethical (but lazy) to use chunks of a press release as long as you were clear to the reader that you had done that.


Anonymous said...

This guy was fired for good reason. Any reporter worth his salt knows you can't just wholesale copy anything without attribution. In J school I think I remember something about a three or four word rule.

There are thousands of writers worth their salt who are out of work. Let's clear the deadwood.

Anonymous said...

As someone who left journalism a few years ago for the often rule-bending world of public relations, I can assure you that every press release writer knows these days that words from the release are likely to be lifted en masse directly to a story. And that's ok by me. I write to a message and it behooves me to have reporters too busy or too lazy to rewrite, reword or do their own interviews for quotes. That's why I send the press release. Take it baby. Take it all and use it. It's what I get paid for.

Jim of L-Town said...

As one who spent two years doing PR for a local school district, I totally understand what you are saying Anonymous 11:52. Many times they would turn my press releases into a bylined story (often with my name as the byline). I preferred that they used my exact words because that was pretty much the only way I could be sure that what I sent would be reported accurately.