It took the San Antonio Express-News’ Bob Richter an awfully long time to get around to it in an editorial from last Saturday, but by the 16th paragraph of “Plagiarism cases a wake-up call for journalists in all media”, he managed to drop the bomb.
Veteran E-N sports staffer Harry Page was terminated last week for lifting information ” which he presented in his bowling blog as his own ” from two websites: www.bowl.com, the Web site of the U.S. Bowling Congress, and www.pbatour.com, the Professional Bowlers Association Tour Web site.
The plagiarized work appeared only on MySA.com and has been removed.
Page had worked in the sports department since April 19, 1970, and was one of the first people to greet me here when I joined the sports staff in 1978. I hate to see him go out like this, but, as Editor Robert Rivard told staff, the newspaper has “zero tolerance” for plagiarism.
(UPDATE : please check out the comments below. It would appear the Express-News has a rather loose definition of “plagiarism”)