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Fake Bylines Reveal Hidden Costs Of Local News

Chicago Tribune

First Posted: 07/06/2012 12:58 pm Updated: 07/06/2012 1:09 pm

Major newspapers in Chicago, Houston and San Francisco are among those this week that have acknowledged they published dozens of items in print or online that appeared under fake bylines.

As was first disclosed by the public radio program This American Life, the items in question were not written by reporters on the staffs of the papers at all but by employees of what is effectively a news outsourcing firm called Journatic.

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Filed by Rebecca Shapiro  |