Gay Rags Advocate + Southern Voice Stealing Stories From Other Gay Media?

What are gay magazines doing when they’re not folding? Apparently lifting entire stories from one another. The Advocate, owned by Regent/Here Media, stands accused of lifting a story about State Sen. Steve Russell from a gay journalism student at the University of Oklahoma. And Southern Voice, now controlled by Gaydar, published an interview that’s a copy/paste job from competitor Fenuxe. Great job everyone!

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  • Michael

    Um, aren’t you a pot calling the kettle black?

  • SomethingElse

    Don’t almost all gay magazines, blogs, sites, steal from each other? Even Towleroad (when it’s not just inventing shocking headline stories to get a lot of hits).

  • Mike in Asheville, nee "in Brooklyn"

    @ No. 1 Michael
    @ No. 2 SomethingElse

    There is a HUGE difference between what the Advocate and Southern Voice have done and what Queerty and other blogs do. HUGE.

    The Advocate and Southern Voice are rightly accused of stealing others’ work and publishing the work under their and their reporters names.

    Queerty and other blogs repost news items and articles INCLUDING LINKS TO THE ORIGINAL STORY and the original authors. Simply click on the above links cited in the story and you are directed to the original stories about the accusations of plagiarism and theft. One link goes to the story about the Oklahoma journalism student and his Web Site; the second link goes to the story about Southern Voice.

    What the Advocate and Southern Voice did/do is include links to original sources and they included bylines indicating that they are the originators of the items.


    BTW Michael, the old saying “The pot calling the kettle black” is a racist figure of speech that is long over due for retirement.

  • Robert from ATL

    the big news story here is who the fuck still reads the advocate

  • GayFilmmaker

    Someone within the ranks of Here Media did something wrong? Shocking!!! That’s not news, that’s common knowledge. Let’s hope the writer whose work was stolen by The Advocate gets every dime the company has (which probably isn’t much. Good for him for standing up for his rights.

  • dave

    Isn’t this site an aggregator?

  • Jeffree

    @Dave: look at post 3 for a great answer.

    The big difference is between just copying & pasting something someone else wrote and putiing your name on it —OR attributing the material to the original source. Online, bloggers provide links to the source– and the better bloggers, IMO, use more than one source when possible.

    It’s not exactly investigative journalism but it helps focus the stuff coming out through various news channels.

    I’ve looked at the Advocate website a few times but haven’t even thumbed through one at the bookstore in YEARS.

  • SomethingElse

    Ha ha ! That guy from Asheville! Yet another North Carolina goofball. ” ‘The pot calling the kettle black’ is racist…!!”

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