01/08/2014 02:39 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

USA Today Apologizes For Swiping Image Of Map Without Giving Credit


In an e-mailed statement to Poynter, USA Today’s Editor-in-Chief David Callaway explained how New York writer Scott Bateman’s weather map ended up on USA Today’s site with different (and far less colorful) wording and no credit.

“Mr. Bateman’s map was an inspiration for an effort that fell short of our newsroom publishing standards,” Callaway writes. He continues:

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