Letters and Comments about BLOGGERS BEWARE: Re-writing “News” Can Get You Sued…for Libel – 03/13/19

Letters and Comments about BLOGGERS BEWARE: Re-writing “News” Can Get You Sued…for Libel – 03/13/19

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Comments On: BLOGGERS BEWARE: Re-writing “News” Can Get You Sued…for Libel

Hi Angela: Really good information you gave here. I’m a former newspaper reporter and now I write for an investigative reporting organization. My big gripe has been about what is called “Citizen journalists.” Sorry, this doesn’t fly. These are people with no training who most likely are publishing just one side of a story. A trained journalist knows you must get several points of view, then report it. The only way to re-publish a story is to publish it in full, and, here is the important piece: Cite the source. In some ways, this is done on Facebook (or the horror). Or Twitter or whatever. You are correct, if you were not there, you have nothing to add. If you find the piece interesting, then republish it and source it.

Geri Spieler


I think you meant “republish it with permission.” 🙂



Your article reminded me of an incident where I was the only reporter in a courtroom, writing for a small, weekly newspaper. A man charged with the murder of his niece was attacked by another relative before the hearing had even begun.

I wrote about the incident. (http://www.menastar.com/news/article_a540942e-905e-11e4-8ad3-af27c2ae057c.html) Within a couple of hours, I was seeing rewritten versions popping up not only from publications in the United States, but overseas, as well. They wrote it like they were there witnessing it firsthand. I didn’t have a problem with it, but it was an odd sensation.


Your employer could have sued them all for copyright infringement.



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