Reporter Resigns From Atlanta Paper After Using Unattributed Passages

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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.”

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