A local editor in chief promoted a journalist after he read an entire news article before copying and publishing it on their news site. The newspaper in question wishes to remain anonymous and refers to the journalist only by a code-name as a preemptive measure to avoid opening the floodgate of job offers from rival publications.
The journalist believes the promotion was a result of his experience and tireless efforts to develop the ancient technique of copy-pasting and re-publishing beyond a merely mechanical process to an art form befitting its place at the heart of the journalistic craft.
Explaining how he took the process to the next level, he stated, “I started reading the title like I normally do, but then it occurred to me, ‘why not put yourself in the reader’s shoes?’ So that’s what I did, I skimmed through the article and before I knew it I had reached the final word.”
Describing the usual process, one of his colleagues explained, “We start by deleting the name of the author and news agency. Keeping it is pointless because they copied it from another agency, that copied it from another agency, and so on. Once their names are out of the way, I simply write – or rather, paste – my own. I mean, given my expertise there is no doubt that I could have written whatever it was myself. Finally, I add our publication’s name, giving credit where credit is due.”