NBC News revealed today that 11 articles written by one of its reporters during a recent five-month period “did not meet our standards for original material,” adding that the stories “contained passages from other news organizations that were used without attribution.”
It also said “the passages that were plagiarized have been removed,” and an editor’s note was added to the stories. See the full statement below.
NBC News named the reporter as Teaganne Finn, who was hired in June to cover politics and is no longer employed by the organization. The articles were posted between September 3 and February 16.
The news org said it caught the initial instance of unattributed sentences during a routine internal editing process and quickly launched a review of other stories posted by Finn.
“Maintaining the trust of our readers and viewers is essential to NBC News,” the statement reads, “and our work must always meet the highest standards of our profession.
Here is the statement from NBC News. For a list of the cited articles, click here.
To our readers:
A review by NBC News has found 11 articles written by a reporter over the last year that did not meet our standards for original material. The articles contained passages from other news organizations that were used without attribution.
In all cases, the passages were not central to the stories, but instead contained supplemental or background material that did not represent original reporting.
An editor’s note has been placed on each of the articles, and the passages that were plagiarized have been removed.
Maintaining the trust of our readers and viewers is essential to NBC News, and our work must always meet the highest standards of our profession.
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