The other examples fall ever so slightly into more of a gray area, but it’s evident there’s a pattern here, one we’ve seen before from Jonah Lehrer on down. Should BuzzFeed’s internal review have any trouble finding additional missteps, amateur journalism sleuths on Twitter are already on it. … [Read more...] about BuzzFeed Has Itself a Serial Plagiarist
“Because journalism cannot own up to its heavily derivative nature, it must enforce originality on the level of the sentence,” writes Weingarten, quoting Malcolm Gladwell to identify his problem with media ethics as “the narcissism of small differences.” That’s true, but it’s also the rules all have agreed to play by, especially online, where links and sources can be added so easily. There is originality to be found in conceptualization, construction, and the deployment of previously known facts and anecdotes. Is the Vogel example, assuming it is isolated, on par with the sins of Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, or even Jonah Lehrer? No, and neither are Johnson’s. But that doesn’t mean they’re not “real” plagiarism. … [Read more...] about Plagiarizing Wikipedia Is Still Plagiarism, at BuzzFeed or the New York
“Most of the great news organizations have been around for decades, and trust is something you earn over time,” BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith told Poynter in response. “Our organization is new, our news operation is even newer, and it’s early days for us. The more people know BuzzFeed News, especially young people who make up a small share of these surveys, the more they trust us.” … [Read more...] about Pew: Liberals Trust CNN, Conservatives Trust Fox News, and No One Trusts BuzzFeed
According to people familiar with the plan, beginning in early June the company will submit workshare plans to the relevant unemployment agencies for staff in its major hubs of New York, California, and D.C. The majority of the 70-plus member union, which includes most of the publication’s journalists, will work a 20-percent reduced schedule and receive 20-percent reduced pay until the end of 2020. The aim of workshare is to allow staff to file claims for partial unemployment in order to somewhat offset salary losses. … [Read more...] about BuzzFeed Staff Take Pay Cuts, Shared Workload to Stave Off More Coronavirus Furloughs
Each of these pieces contains incidental traces of the personal essay, whether it's the Disney dieter revealing her childhood Little Mermaid obsession or the Fifty Shades sex-marathoner confessing that she maintains a Sexual To-Do list in a Google Doc somewhere. But the tone is different. The personal essay searches inward, mining personal experiences for content; stunt journalism searches outward, creating experiences from scratch. It's a neat trick: You're no longer required to have an interesting life in order to write about yourself. The personal essay declares: Here's a Private, Harrowing Thing That Happened To Me. The stunt piece cries out, from a state of deep depravity: Check Out This Fucked Up Thing I Did to Myself. The stunt piece emerges from a place of intrepid journalistic daring or just old-fashioned poor judgment (they are not always distinguishable from one another). It's a tale of endurance rather than survival. … [Read more...] about Are We Living in a Golden Age of Stunt Journalism?