Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

NYT Reporter Resigns Over Plagiarism Allegations

Zachery Kouwe, a New York Times business reporter accused of plagiarism, has resigned his position after Times officials investigated the allegations brought by the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal earlier this month. The WSJ's Robert Thomson told Times editors that a Kouwe article closely resembled an online Wall Street Journal article and the Times editors immediately checked out his assertion.

The Kouwe affair follows on the Jayson Blair matter. Mr. Blair admitted borrowing parts of several dozen articles from other sources in 2003. He wrote about the experience in a book, Burning Down My Master's House, published in 2004. Here's more about plagiarism at newspapers large and small since then.

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