Journalist agrees with newspaper on plagiarism charge | national news

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A reporter has settled a lawsuit arguing she was treated unfairly when she lost her job at a North Carolina newspaper amid a plagiarism investigation.

Former News & Observer reporter Anne Blythe has reached a settlement with the paper’s former editor, according to a statement released Thursday by Blythe’s attorney. Terms were not disclosed. Blythe had settled in 2021 with the newspaper and its parent company.

The newspaper’s editor, Robyn Tomlin, wrote a note to readers in 2018 saying the newspaper had found instances of Blythe using material from other outlets without properly attributing the information.

Blythe’s lawyer said at the time that the newspaper had not given him a sufficient chance to respond to the allegations. The lawsuit filed in 2019 disputed the contents of the note to the readers and claimed that it defamed her and prevented her from earning a living as a journalist.

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“Anne Blythe sued in July 2019 against The News & Observer and its then-editor Robyn Tomlin to defend against accusations of plagiarism that cost Anne her job as a writer at The N&O in 2018 after nearly 30 years with the journal and related publications,” Blythe attorney James Hash said in a statement, adding, “Anne is grateful for the support she has received from her colleagues over the four years and is excited to continue working in the journalism profession she loves.

The News & Observer updated the online version of this note to readers saying the lawsuit disputes its content, but the newspaper stands by the accuracy of its findings.

Tomlin, now vice president of local news at the paper’s parent company, McClatchy, issued a statement to the newspaper saying: “While we continue to support the decisions made and what has been published, I am pleased that we can put this dispute behind us and move on.”

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