“Journalists should take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.” — The Society of Professional Journalists
Since Semanal Media’s purchase of LA Weekly in November 2017, the paper has scaled back on original reporting and has increasingly relied on second-hand information aggregated from other newspapers, often without proper citation and links. Not only does this defy journalistic best practices, but it also means that LA Weekly readers are losing the quality, on-the-ground reporting for which the paper was formerly known.
Before and after screenshots of edited LA Weekly article about Patrick Soon-Shiong, with reporting sourced entirely from other publications.