“Never plagiarize. Always attribute.” — The Society of Professional Journalists
Journalists sometimes rely on press releases about events, news, and other information to help inform their articles, but it it is against standard journalistic practice to re-publish sections of a press release verbatim — which is what several new articles on LA Weekly’s website have now done. While these articles raise questions about the potential blurring of lines between sales and editorial, they also constitute as plagiarism, a major violation for any journalist.
Press release on left was published under a byline by LA Weekly on Feb. 6, 2018. Click each image to read.