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Tribune resumes use of Journatic news service

Updated: January 8, 2013 6:33AM

The Chicago Tribune will resume using material from Journatic, a third-party news provider accused of plagiarizing stories and attaching fake bylines.

Journatic will provide local content on a limited basis for community listings in its TribLocal suburban newspapers and websites, the Tribune announced Thursday on its website.

Listings from Journatic will begin appearing in 11 community editions “over the next few weeks” and will later expand to more editions.

Journatic will not provide any bylined news stories, which will be supplied by reporters and freelancers, the Tribune said.

The Tribune stopped using Journatic indefinitely in July when it found a published sports story had aspects plagiarized and fabricated. Mike Fourcher, head of Journatic’s editorial department, resigned the next day.

Earlier, WBEZ-FM’s “This American Life” broadcast a story detailing how Journatic used a low-rate staff in the Philippines to write stories under fake, American-sounding names.

The scandal prompted many Tribune editorial staffers to write a letter to editor Gerould Kern about the company’s use of Journatic.

Sun-Times Media cut its own ties with Journatic’s Blockshopper service this summer.

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