The latest in news-industry issues, as written by multimedia journalism and integrated marketing communication students at Simpson College. Plagiarism, in a nut shell, is taking someones thoughts or words and claiming them as your own. I hope I didn't plagiarize the word plagiarism! Some journalists live and die by this covenant of moral journalism, while others feel that is it nearly impossible to not reproduce another's thoughts without some form of parallelism. In the world of today's media and journalism, with the likes of Nexis, Google, and Wikipedia , how can we ensure that what we are reporting or writing has not been done before? What if a work is not Copywrited?
The News About The News: Plagiarism Sucks: 8 Reasons Why
It's been nearly two months since we last took a look at the plagiarism scandal surrounding Fareed Zakaria, whose many ethical lapses have been chronicled by the pseudonymous bloggers crushingbort and blippoblappo. Since then, things have only gotten worse for Zakaria: seven of his Newsweek columns 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , one Slate column , and four Washington Post columns 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 have been affixed with editor's notes essentially admitting to acts of plagiarism. Among Zakaria's current and former employers, that leaves only Time and CNN that have yet to respond to the latest charges. Zakaria doesn't even work at Time anymore, but the magazine has not released the results of a review that it announced back in August. A representative at Time did not respond for a request for comment. This column , for example, has no note recognizing the fact that it contains language swiped verbatim from a David Leonhardt story from The New York Times. The Post will reportedly keep Zakaria on as a contributor.
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