Disgraced reporter signs book deal

Disgraced New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, who quit in a plagiarism scandal, has signed a book contract worth around half a million dollars.

    The New York Times was sealed off by police during the fraud investigation

    Blair won an advance on Thursday from

    Los Angeles-based New Millennium Press, which will publish the book

    "Burning Down My Master's House: My Life at The New York Times,"

    early next year.

    "The contract has just been signed and the book will go on sale

    on March 9," said New Millennium Press spokeswoman Suzanne Wickham.

    "It is Jayson's whole fascinating story, not just what happened at

    the New York Times."


    Blair, 27, resigned on 1 May amid a plagiarism and

    fraud scandal after an investigation revealed he had either

    fabricated stories or taken elements of them from other


    "It's a marvelous story. I think (Blair) is one of the best

    writers in the country today," New Millennium head Michael Viner

    told USA Today.

    "(Blair) is a compelling individual and very honest, very

    self-critical, and that's part of the reason I wanted to do this,"

    he said


    Blair's transgressions at one of the United States' most

    respected newspapers sent shockwaves through US journalism and led

    to the resignation of some of the paper's top editors.

    The Blair scandal prompted a period of intense soul-searching at

    the Times which, in its 152-year history, has prided itself on being

    the "paper of record".



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