Articles about "Plagiarism"


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In Pennsylvania and Alaska, a publisher takes infringement to another level

Near the end of last year, a small publishing company made a big bet: it purchased a a group of 19 regional papers servicing remote areas of Alaska. The purchase included a printing plant, but the plan at Allen Total … Read more

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Editor apologizes to Washington Examiner for material his paper lifted

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Oakland (Mich.) Press Executive Editor Glenn Gilbert apologized to the Washington Examiner for a "word-for-word usage of material" from a Dec. 6 Examiner article. He'd previously told Examiner Managing Editor/Digital Jennifer Peebles, "You're not going to get an apology" and said his usage of the story, by Zack Colman, was "fair use."

Reached by email, Gilbert told Poynter "If the accepted standard is use of direct quotes then I should have done that."

"I define plagiarism as claiming material as your own when it is not — basically the failure to atttribute," he wrote. "I used three separate attributions as sources of my material, and verified its accuracy from other sources. Except for one paragraph, I feel it is clear to the reader the material is from the Examiner, and is mostly statement of established fact." (more...)
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Attribution in a digital age is getting murkier. (Depositphotos)

Getting digital attribution right, Part 2

This is the second of a two-part series. Part 1 is here.

Traditional journalism standards have typically governed attribution, and the general rule when using the work of others verbatim is to put quotation marks around the republished content … Read more

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Computer keyboard keys used CTRL, C and V for copy and paste. (Depositphotos)

Getting digital attribution right, Part 1

Control+C, Control+V.

These two simple keystrokes — copy, paste — have created a culture that makes it easy for online publishers to share others’ content and use it in their own work. Much of this sharing and reuse is done … Read more

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Washington Times drops Rand Paul column after plagiarism charges

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The Washington Times reported Tuesday it was dropping Sen. Rand Paul's weekly column after a series of plagiarism allegations.

The newspaper said it had reviewed the lawmaker's columns and op-ed pieces and had printed a correction to a Sept. 20 column lacking an attribution to a portion that originally appeared in The Week.

Paul and the paper "mutually agreed to end" his Friday column, the newspaper said. (more...)
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Writer/blogger job ad no longer shrugs at plagiarism

Toronto's Listicle.co is looking for "bloggers and article authors who can contribute to our website by making lists." An ad for the job listed a few requirements, one of which I've bolded:
One must use proper English and if there is need for plagiarism, then so be it, but citation must be done in correct order. Lists such as "top 10 music tracks, top 10 movies, best tech gizmos for your money" are some examples. Lists with significance are of top priority.
(Screenshot of original ad -- click to view bigger.)
That ad was created by a team member, Listicle.co CEO Taufiq Husain writes in an email to Poynter. He says he asked that person to get rid of the ad, which now appears without the plagiarism-is-OK sentence. "I apologize for the wrongful view it shows towards the writing jobs we offer and we don’t condone plagiarizing nor endorse it," Husain writes. "Our system tends to store the links to every source a writer links to so we always have automatic credits given to other websites."
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College newspaper fires editor who it says plagiarized ‘from at least 22 sources’

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The Criterion of Colorado Mesa University fired its online editor "after learning that as many as 16 of the opinion pieces she has written since October 2012 contain content plagiarized from at least 22 sources," the paper writes in an unbylined piece that doesn't name the editor. (more...)
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Researchers identify most common forms of plagiarism

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Scientific researchers identified "paraphrasing" -- which a study by iThenticate defines as "taking the words of another and using them alongside original text without attribution," -- as the most common type of plagiarism encountered in academia, grant proposals and journals.

"Complete" plagiarism -- the wholesale lifting of another's work -- was the least common, respondents said. The study says one person polled suggested such over-the-top theft "seemed 'impossible in this age of fast information,' perhaps referring to the search capabilities of Google and the availability of effective plagiarism detection software."

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Former Toronto Star reporter confesses to plagiarizing Toronto Star article

Here’s a rare one: a journalist at the Toronto Star plagiarized an article that was published in … the Toronto Star.

And the rarities kept coming: after the plagiarism was revealed in a note on the offending piece, the … Read more

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Yet another schools official plagiarizes

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Glenn Faircloth, the superintendent of a Lorain County, Ohio, vocational school, posted a greeting on the school's website that "was actually written by another superintendent in New York," Brittany Harris reports.

Faircloth's posting "was pretty much the same as the original message posted on the other website," Harris reports. "The only thing he changed were the names and accomplishments." Faircloth "said he didn’t copy it for any type of personal gain," Harris says.

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