‘Florida Times-Union’ Editorial Page Editor Retires After Plagiarism Investigation

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By: E&P Staff

Lloyd Brown, editorial page editor of The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, has retired following an investigation that revealed instances of plagiarism in some editorials published in the newspaper.

A committee had been established at the Times-Union to look into allegations that plagiarism may have occurred in some editorials published in the newspaper. The committee’s report, released today, found three instances of plagiarism and several other instances of lack of complete attribution in editorials prior to September 2004. Some of the uncovered instances of plagiarism dated as far back as 1996.

Brown, who has served as editorial page editor since 1993, told the paper, “I cannot continue to be an effective voice for the editorial board of The Florida Times-Union and I have told publisher Carl Cannon that I would like to retire as soon as possible.”

Times-Union Publisher Carl Cannon said in a statement, “Detailed paragraph attribution can be a gray area and we will apply the strictest standards possible to ensure the reader that the material being used is properly attributed.” The search for a replacement is under way.

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