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CT SPJ Strips Award From Reporter Who Fabricated Sources
by STAFF | Jul 30, 2012 9:55 am
Posted to: Your Right To Know
“What I did was terrible. It was misguided and wrong and I had to own up to it and I lost my job because of it.”
Those are the words attributed to former New Canaan News reporter Paresh Jha, who used fictitious sources in stories published for Hearst Connecticut.
Jha was fired earlier this year after his editors realized he was full of it. The incident caused a stir in journalism circles.
The Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hired an investigator to look into two stories for which Jha won SPJ journalism awards.
Jha spoke to the investigator.
The CT SPJ Board of Directors voted July 29 to strip Jha of a 2011 first-place award he received for “in-depth reporting.”
The full report from Roy. S Gutterman, a professor at Syracuse University, follows:
It makes you wonder if the Organization itself read these articles when they chose them. This investigation even points out spelling errors and “The quotes are long and manyseem to just be stacked on top of one another. Sources are introduced with little background”.
I’m not sure if the author is out to get this guy after the fact, but the tone isn’t quite as objective as you’d expect.