Florida Reporter Resigns, Apologizes for Plagiarizing Story

A Florida sports reporter has resigned from her position at the Tallahassee Democrat after higher-ups learned that one of her stories was incredibly similar to another reporter’s work and concluded it was plagiarism.

Executive editor Bob Gabordi posted a note online explaining that sports reporter Natalie Pierre lifted pieces of a story written by freelancer Tim Linafelt for her own report. Pierre, of course, quickly stepped down from her position and no longer works at the paper.

Gabordi apologizes to readers and says, “We let you down and we think it is important that you know this happened. We demand transparency from our public officials and believe you have a right to expect that same transparency from us.”

Pierre, meanwhile, also spoke out on her own website:

While I did not intentionally plagiarize another journalist’s work, I take full responsibility for some of freelance writer Tim Linafelt’s words appearing in my story last week. As a journalist, integrity and ethics are two principles I value greatly. My job is to get it right, and unfortunately last week with a story I wrote my failure to pay attention to detail cost me some of my credibility.

Most of her post involves thanks and apologies to all the people around her.

[h/t Poynter]
[image via Natalie Pierre]

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