Last week, The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tenn., published a bank's press release word-for-word as a story -- even going so far as to slap a byline on the article.
Now a former Kansas City Star reporter has sued the McClatchy newspaper, saying he was unfairly fired for copying portions of releases into his columns.
Poynter Online, which reported the suit, is surveying readers on whether it's OK to use press release material in stories. Of the nearly 200 responses so far, a majority -- 52% -- say it's OK -- if it's attributed to the original source. Read Poynter's post to take the survey, or to see the rest of the results.