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Call and Post Newspaper Republish Articles by Brown on Cleveland on NewsBreak Without Permission

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Cleveland, OH. - Within the City of Cleveland, several media outlets garner the public's attention. Consumers will choose to get their news from a media outlet from television, online publishers, and old-fashioned printed newspapers. It is not unusual for people to read the same story written by or telecast by different organizations. It is not uncommon for reporters, broadcasters, and journalists to contract with various news sources. In this case, they are freelance writers. A freelance writer is an independent contractor. They typically write for several organizations and are compensated per assignment or story. Reporters, journalists, freelance writers even bloggers are taught about originality, creativity, attribution, plagiarism, and copyright infringement. News is storytelling in your own words. For the most part, the news reported by media outlets is supposed to entertain, inform and educate consumers. Should a news source use part of another's entity work, they are obligated to give attribution.

On January 17th, 2022, the Call and Post Newspaper based in Cleveland, Ohio, republished the article "Mother of Murdered 9-Year-Old Wants to Hold Parents and Elected Officials Accountable" without authorization from Brown on Cleveland. The Call and Post reprinted the paper in their printed newspaper without attribution to Kimberly F Brown of "Brown on Cleveland." Brown contacted Dale Edwards, Chief Administrator of the Call and Post, seeking a story retraction and attribution in the next edition. Edwards agreed to write a retraction in the Call and Post Newspaper during the week of the January 25th edition and apologized to Brown. "I told my staff not to do that. This story is dear to my heart. She is a church member," said Edwards. On Monday, January 31st, Brown texted Edwards and wrote, "hello, we did not see a retraction in the Call and Post regarding the story of the 9-year-old. Please do not use our materials without proper credit and payment for written articles." On Tuesday, February 1st, 2022, Edwards replied, "got it."
Story of Murdered 9-year-old reprinted in Call and PostThe Brown Report Newspaper (Photo)

Two months later, Kimberly F Brown of Brown on Cleveland received a telephone call from Marva Patterson. Patterson is a member of the Carl Stokes Brigade. Patterson congratulated Brown on her article and expressed appreciation on behalf of the Brigade's Founder Bert Jennings for the article in the Call and Post. "I want to thank you for sharing your work about our organization. Mr. Jennings is very pleased", stated Patterson. Brown responded, "you must be mistaken. I don't write for the Call and Post." Patterson assured Brown that this was her article, the same article written on Newsbreak.
Brown on Cleveland News Articles Reprinted in the Call and PostThe Brown Report Newspaper (Photo)

The following morning, Brown picked up a copy of the Call and Post Newspaper's March 23rd edition and noticed that the Call and Post reprinted three of Brown's articles without authorization. The Call and Post republished three of Brown on Cleveland's articles: Carl Stokes Brigade Elects New President, Activist Delores Gray, Former East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer Campaigns for the 11th Congressional District, and Celebrating Women's History Month with Valerie Walker-Isom and Teens with Purpose. Brown contacted Edwards again via phone. Edwards was not available. Brown followed up with a text informing Edwards that the Call and Post stole three of her stories and that she would send them an invoice. Edwards replied, "Which stories are you talking about?" Brown sent Edwards a photo of all three stories. "First, I would like to thank you for all you do for the community. Second, I apologize for any confusion that is occurring. When I spoke to you earlier, you told me to use your stories, and you have sent me stories. I would love to establish a relationship with you. We both have an investment in our community," stated Edwards. Brown scoffed. "No, I never would allow anyone to use my stories without permission. Secondly, there is something called crediting the author. This issue is what I have made clear. I won't allow anyone to steal from me.
Dale, I don't remember you running a story for me. The Call and Post never gave me any credit for my articles. The Call and Post Newspaper is not legally authorized to use my material without proper credit and compensation. This is copyright infringement,"
argued Brown. Edwards responded, "Got it."

According to the American Press Institute, the news is that part of communication that keeps us infused with life-changing events, issues, and people in the world outside. The information may be exciting or even entertaining; the principal value of communication is a utility to empower the informed. Be that as it may, a journalist's job is to assess a situation, research the facts, find the truth and tell the story; originality is crucial. "Journalists say they most often got something wrong when they took something from somebody or someplace else and failed to check it themselves," says the American Press Institute.

The Center for Media and Social Impact is based at American University's School of Communication. CMSI is a research center that creates, studies and showcases media for equity, social change, and social justice. CMSI says that there are several steps that journalists should take to develop professionalism and value for their work to prevent plagiarism and copyright violations:

  • The journalist should clarify what they are adding to the current work.
  • Reviews of preexisting reports on a story or issue should include excerpts from multiple sources.
  • The excerpts should be as brief and reasonably appropriate to the journalist's objectives and, in any event, not be so broad that they effectively duplicate the original stories.
  • The journalist should reasonably attribute the material. Attribution should be apparent to readers, and it should be possible for individuals to navigate quickly to the source.

The Call and Post Newspaper republished four original stories written by Brown on Cleveland without permission. Plus, the newspaper did not honor Brown on Cleveland with proper attribution. writes, "Attribution is vital to all ethical reporting because it identifies information sources." Attribution is key to transparency. "Morally, it's the right thing to do."

On the other hand, the U.S. Copyright law is clear. In her article Effects of Copyright Violation, Maggie Lourdes says, "Copyright violations generally occur when one party uses another party's work without his authorization. The U.S. Copyright Right Act makes copyright violation a federal crime. It also permits injured parties to file civil lawsuits against violators to recover money damages."

The Call and Post Newspaper is "Ohio's Black News-Leader owned by Don King Holdings, Inc.

Kimberly F. Brown is "Brown on Cleveland"

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