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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 and clearly indicate the source.

But this isn’t the only method of attribution used in the digital world — publishers are trying different tactics, and audience expectations may be changing as well. During a recent Poynter and MediaShift symposium on journalism ethics in the digital age, Tom Rosenstiel, former Project for Excellence in Journalism director and current executive director of the American Press Institute, said that the norms and ethics of journalism “have come from the streets,” adding that “audience has been the determiner of what works.”

Aggregation and curation, two techniques that often overlap, have become popular forms of publishing — and places where problems with attribution often arise.… Read more

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 appropriately, but sometimes the way a work is credited may not meet traditional standards for attribution.

Most people agree on a definition of plagiarism: It’s a verbatim republication of work that was originally published elsewhere, without clear attribution to the original publication. But ask how to apply that definition to practices and things get murky. Some say any use of more than seven words should be attributed. Others say attribution becomes necessary when more than two sentences are used. Applying that definition to the online publishing world introduces even more gray areas.… Read more


Washington Times drops Rand Paul column after plagiarism charges

The Washington Times | The Washington Post

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.… Read more

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Writer/blogger job ad no longer shrugs at plagiarism

Toronto’s 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, 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.… Read more

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College newspaper fires editor who it says plagiarized ‘from at least 22 sources’

The Criterion

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.… Read more


Researchers identify most common forms of plagiarism


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 guilty journalist took to his personal blog to fully confess and explain how it happened.

You rarely see someone plagiarize from the publication they’re writing for. And, unfortunately, you rarely see a journalist guilty of plagiarism own up to the offense completely in a personal account.

As I’ve written before, when it comes to plagiarism, the initial reaction within newsrooms is to batten down the hatches and reveal little information. You don’t get many public confessions. The offending party — not to mention newsroom leaders — often refuses to be interviewed.… Read more


Yet another schools official plagiarizes


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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Montana school official appears to have plagiarized in another letter to the editor

Billings Gazette

Yellowstone County, Mont., Superintendent of Schools Max Lenington “may have plagiarized a petition to impeach the president in another letter to the editor published in June,” Eddie Gregg reports in the Billings Gazette.

Monday, Gregg reported Lenington appeared to have lifted an August letter published in the Gazette and the Casper Star-Tribune from a column by Mychal Massie.

The June letter, titled “Obama’s terrible record grows longer,” bears strong similarities to a petition on the site

Yellowstone County Commissioner Jim Reno told Gregg Lenington’s “actions are under review by the County Attorney’s Office.” Lenington is reportedly at a motorcycle rally and was not available for questions.

Previously: Schools superintendent accused of plagiarism in anti-Obama letterRead more


Schools superintendent accused of plagiarism in anti-Obama letter

Billings Gazette | Cowgirl Blog

Yellowstone County, Mont., schools superintendent Max Lenington plagiarized a column by Mychal Massie in an Aug. 25 letter to the editor, Massie tells Eddie Gregg of the Billings Gazette.

Lenington’s letter, titled “Why I hate Barack and Michelle Obama,” bears strong similarities to a Jan. 5, 2013, column by Massie called “Why I Do Not Like The Obamas.” The Cowgirl Blog runs down some of the…coincidences.

Lenington asked, and Massie granted, permission to quote from the original piece, Massie tells Gregg. “My concern is that he has plagiarized word for word nearly all of my piece,” Massie says. “This is so very unacceptable.”… Read more

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