Intern’s 40 Stories in Deseret News with Improper Attribution Prompts Investigation

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By: Sydney Smith | iMediaEthics

The Deseret News investigated summer intern Michael Smith’s writing after iMediaEthics alerted the Utah-based daily newspaper to attribution issues in one of his stories for the website.  DeseretNews.com general manager Chris Higbee just told iMediaEthics that in all, it found 40 cases with “similar issues” in Smith’s writing.

Higbee wrote to iMediaEthics by e-mail:

“Thank you for your follow up yesterday and today. Upon confirming the errors in the original round-up story you informed us of, and rectifying them, we immediately began a review of all of the content produced by the intern in question. We discovered the additional round-up stories you found as well as 38 more that had similar issues.”

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