Domain has dismissed a junior lifestyle reporter after an investigation revealed she was fabricating quotes in articles that appeared on the real estate listing website.
Kate Bartels, who joined Domain in April 2019, wrote two articles that quoted Melbourne-based clinical psychologist Dr Sarah Barker. However, Dr Barker was not interviewed for the articles and the quotes were not provided by her.
Domain has since publicly apologised for the two articles, but an investigation has discovered there have been multiple other incidents of fabricated quotes or interviews written by the reporter. Hundreds of articles written by Bartels have been taken down from the Domain website until the investigation is complete.
Three of Bartels’ stories appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, but all have been cleared of fabrication and met editorial standards. Nine Entertainment Co (owner of this masthead) owns 59.3 per cent of Domain. Domain’s magazine appears as a liftout in the two newspapers and some articles appear on the websites.