Editor’s Excuse for Her Story-Stealing Antics: ‘My Bad’

Judith Griggs, editor of Cooks Source, a magazine for Western New England foodies, got caught taking a story from a website and slapping it in her publication without permission. The author of this story, Monica Gaudio, contacted Griggs asking for an apology and a donation to the Columbia School of Journalism (a place that Griggs might be well-advised to visit one day).

In the response to this request, which is posted on Gaudio’s LiveJournal and in part by AllFacebook, Gawker, and other sites, Griggs says she has 30 years of experience and knows a lot of stuff. But, hey,  she’s very tired and Gaudio should be happy that she took it and made it better. Egads.

A portion of Griggs’ response reads:

It was “my bad” indeed, and, as the magazine is put together in long sessions, tired eyes and minds somethings forget to do these things.
But honestly Monica, the web is considered “public domain” and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift” your whole article and put someone else’s name on it!

…If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Now it will work well for your portfolio.

Griggs goes on to say that Gaudio should actually pay her for her editing services.

The magazine has a Facebook page, which is now being inundated with comments such as, “Yo dawg, we heard you like plagiarism, so we plagiarized your shit,” as well as others that are much more serious and much more angry. And there’s another page with a growing list of places that Cooks Source has taken stories from.

PR vet Howard Rubenstein once gave Allure magazine a few tips about how to apologize and now seems like a good time to review: “Take a minute to process what you’ve done and how the other person feels;” “Stick to a simple “I’m sorry I did X;” and “Take your punishment.”