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Mail Online under fire from new Churnalism website

New website will reveal articles that have recycled press releases.

A new website launched today seeks to name and shame journalists and publications caught recycling press releases. has been launched by the Media Standards trust and takes up the baton from Guardian journalist Nick Davies - who popularised the term Churnalism, for journalism which is little more than re-writing press releases, in his 2008 book Flat Earth News.

The site invites people to paste press releases into it, then compares the press release with news stories published online to reveal how much is apparently cut and pasted by the journalist.

Examples this morning include a press release from Asda stating that families are now £8 a week better off than a year ago, which was apparently 89 per cent cut and pasted into a story appearing on Mail Online.

A press release from One Poll stating that it takes the average woman a year and a half to "feel like a woman again after childbirth" was apparently 97 per cent cut and pasted into a Mail Online story.

Full Story at Press Gazette

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette