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New reporters join New Haven Register, Register Citizen

5 Jun

We’re pleased to welcome four new reporters to the news and sports staffs at the New Haven Register and Register Citizenin Torrington.

Mary Albl

Mary Albl is a new sports reporter in New Haven who comes to us from The Post Star in Glens Falls, N.Y., where she was a volleyball and girls basketball beat writer.

Prior to Glens Falls, Albl served as sports editor of the Dodge City (Kansas) Daily Globe.

She is a graduate of Boise State University, where she was sports editor of the student newspaper.

She has also worked as an intern and desk clerk at the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Idaho Statesman.

One area of focus for Mary is Fairfield County high school sports, and her work is appearing in the Westport Minuteman and Fairfield Minuteman in addition to the Register.

Email Mary Albl at malbl@nhregister.com. Follow her on Twitter @maryalbl.

Michelle Merlin

Michelle Merlin is a new reporter at The Register Citizen in Torrington.

She is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in political science and minored in English. She served as editor in chief of the student newspaper there, and interned for The Register Citizen in 2010.

Email Michelle Merlin at mmerlin@registercitizen.com. Follow her on Twitter @michellejmerlin.

Shahid Abdul-Karim is a new reporter at the New Haven Register. He’ll be part of a team of reporters covering the city of New Haven, focusing on schools, housing issues and neighborhoods.

Shahid Abdul Karim

Shahid has written for the Muslim Journal International since 1998 and recently served on its board of directors. He has also worked as a national account executive at Verizon Wireless.

He is a graduate of Springfield College and has been involved in volunteer activities in Hamden, including helping establish a local food pantry with the Connecticut Food Bank.

Email Shahid Abdul-Karim at sabdul-karim@nhregister.com. Follow him on Twitter @shahid_akarim.

Rich Scinto

Rich Scinto is a new reporter at the New Haven Register. He’ll be covering Milford schools and local government.

A Fairfield native, Scinto is a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he was senior managing editor of the Quad News. He has worked for the past year as a general assignment reporter at the Record Journal in Meriden.

Email Rich Scinto at rscinto@nhregister.com. Follow him on Twitter at @rscinto_NHR.

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Plagiarism in the Fairfield Minuteman

10 Jan

A story that appeared on the front of the sports section in the print edition of the Jan. 5 Fairfield Minuteman was plagiarized from stories that appeared in two competing newspapers, the Fairfield Citizen and the Connecticut Post.
The story appeared under the headline “Warde Boys Win Prep Classic.”
The first five paragraphs of the story (except for the first three words) were verbatim identical to a Dec. 31 story in the Connecticut Post written by Pat Pickens.
Six of the remaining seven sentences of the story were verbatim identical to a Jan. 3 Fairfield Citizen story by Pickens.
The story, which appeared only in the print edition of the Minuteman, not on its website, appeared under the byline of “Staff Reports,” but was written by Sports Editor Eric Montgomery.
Montgomery is no longer an employee of the Fairfield Minuteman.
Plagiarism violates one of the most basic principles of journalism, and is a clear and unacceptable violation of the policies and standards we embrace at the Fairfield Minuteman.
It is particularly troubling that this happened after a colleague was terminated for plagiarism at a sister publication in Connecticut less than three months ago. After that incident, staff was reminded of the sacred responsibility we have in staying true to journalistic ethics and the grave consequences of violating that trust.

We apologize to Pat Pickens and the editors and staff of the Fairfield Citizen and Connecticut Post.
— Matt DeRienzo, Group Editor, Fairfield Minuteman, mderienzo@journalregister.com