Plagiarism

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4 guidelines to avoid fabrication in your news coverage

Fabrication in news publishing can take many forms, from creating sources and embellishing stories to making quotes sound different from what was actually said. Here are some best practices to avoid fabrication from Geanne Belton, Ruth Hochberger and Jane Kirtley, journalists and educators who are the authors of the Poynter course on avoiding plagiarism and fabrication. Be a stickler … Read More
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4 guidelines to avoid plagiarizing

Poynter has just launched a new course about avoiding plagiarism and fabrication, created by Geanne Belton in a collaboration with Baruch College. Thanks to the generous support of the Harnisch Foundation, this course is free of charge on Poynter's online training platform, News University. Today's Coffee Break Course is courtesy of this new teaching. Plagiarism breaks the trust between … Read More
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Welcome to post-plagiarism America

If I harvested all the essays I’ve written about plagiarism since the 1980s, there would be enough of them to make a fairly boring and incoherent book. But of all the cases I’ve read about or adjudicated — in a literary sense — none feels more perplexing to me than the case of Melania Trump. I did … Read More
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NY Daily News editor: 'I accept 100% of the blame'

Jotham Sederstrom, the editor who was fired from the New York Daily News for removing attribution from columns written by senior justice writer Shaun King, publicly apologized this morning. Sederstrom called the deletions an accident in a post on Medium, citing a frenetic newsroom pace, sloppy editing and technical glitch, the error: In all honesty, the controversy  —  a fuck … Read More
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New York Daily News fires editor for deleting attribution

The New York Daily News on Tuesday fired an editor after unearthing a pattern of deletions that made it appear as if a columnist had plagiarized work from multiple news outlets. In an unusual episode in the annals of journalism controversy, Daily News editor Jim Rich announced the firing of the unnamed editor for serial attribution-removal after a brief plagiarism … Read More
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Plagiarism questions at Chicago paper owned by a state legislator

Better Government Association Illinois state Sen. Steven M. Landek (D) The Better Government Association (BGA), a Chicago-based investigative journalism nonprofit, has accused the editors of the Desplaines Valley News of plagiarizing numerous stories in a series of unsigned editorials. The co-owners of the paper are Illinois state Sen. Steven M. Landek (D) and former Chicago Sun-Times editorial page … Read More
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Providence Journal denies accusations of plagiarism

The Providence Journal has denied allegations made by a local news site that it cribbed language from area TV station WPRI, telling Poynter the paper has a news partnership that allows it to share content with the station. The denial comes in response to … Read More
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Should student newspapers name fabulists and plagiarists?

Last October, Megan Card searched through more than two years' worth of stories in University of South Dakota student paper The Volante. She was following up on a tip, looking for proof that a student on the paper was making things up. Card, then the paper's editor-in-chief, found that reporter Joey Sevin had cited several sources — 10 in all … Read More
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Tallahassee Democrat sports reporter resigns after plagiarizing: 'I am sincerely sorry'

Tallahassee Democrat A Florida State University sports reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat has resigned after plagiarizing a story by a freelance reporter. The paper was made aware earlier this week that a story by reporter Natalie Pierre bore several similarities to an article by freelance writer Tim Linafelt, Tallahassee Democrat editor Bob Gabordi wrote in an … Read More