A reporter has resigned from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the paper found a story that used several unattributed passages from a Pittsburgh paper. In a note to readers Friday, Editor Julia Wallace said reporter Don Plummer had resigned from the staff.
An article published March 3 “included extensive passages that replicated, verbatim and without attribution, passages in a similar article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Jan. 24,” Wallace said.
The articles in both papers reported on federal investigations into businesses operated by a suspended chiropractor from Pittsburgh who was convicted of cocaine possession in Cobb County in 1993. A Journal-Constitution editor discovered the similarity as a follow-up story was being discussed.
“Using another newspaper’s work and words and representing them as our own is a clear violation of the newspaper’s journalistic standards,” Wallace wrote. “We apologize to our readers, to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and to its reporter.”