As an editor there’s one word, above most others, you pray you never see in an email subject line: plagiarism. Yesterday afternoon I received such an email informing me that one of my longest serving, and thus most trusted writers (Nathan D’Rozario), had plagiarised – of all things – his review of the latest Ghost Rider instalment. Nathan was immediately contacted about this but did little more than deny it before swiftly removing himself from Twitter. We have since removed all of his content from our website in case of any other plagiarism he may have committed.
The first thing I must do is apologise sincerely to Screen Jabber writer Stuart Barr and his editor Stuart O’ Connor who were the victims of Nathan’s plagiarised review. Our publication is certainly not in the business of stealing from other websites and I am truly sorry for any upset, anger or inconvenience this situation may have caused either of them.
Secondly, I’d like to thank both of them for their extreme professionalism in a difficult situation. They respectfully chose not to ‘out us’ as ‘culprits’ to the online community who, understandably, wanted justice. Instead they approached me direct and allowed both myself and my team the time to deal with this matter in appropriate manner. In addition to this they both supported me through what was, as you can imagine, a very upsetting ordeal. For this, I thank them further.
New Empress Magazine has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to plagiarism. As mentioned, Nathan’s content has been removed and he will never work for this publication, or any others I know, again. Not only has Nathan wrongfully used the work of another but he has tarnished the hours and hours of hard work put in over the last year by myself and over a hundred illustrators, editors, writers and designers who put the magazine together because they simply love film.
Although we do run searches on our reviews, it is impossible for us to read every single review posted on other sites and, besides that, we want to trust our writers. New Empress has over seventy writers who contribute on a regular basis and we do not want to treat our writers with constant suspicion over one bad egg. That said, we will continue to be as vigilant as we can be with the resources we have and hope readers and followers understand that the review published yesterday, like all of our content, was published in good faith.
Editor in Chief
New Empress Magazine