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Outfit that supplied fake bylines to Chronicle defends its news standards

Friday, May 10, 2013

A top executive with Journatic, the content farm operation that got caught last year supplying stories to the Chronicle and other newspapers under fake bylines, says his company’s journalistic standards “match or exceed” those of other news organizations. (Whew!) Poynter blogs about it, including this quote from Jounatic’s VP of media services, Hanke Gratteau [brackets mine]:

First, there are an awful lot of companies out there using foreign workers — including major newspapers like the [Chicago] Tribune who have been using them for call centers. Secondly, journalists already have been put out of work because the business model is collapsing. In fact, we are putting journalists back to work.

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