Avoiding Plagiarism and Fabrication

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Avoiding Plagiarism and Fabrication

This course will educate authors, editors, educators, journalists, journalism students, news producers and news consumers about what plagiarism and fabrication are, why they are so toxic and how to avoid them. Learn at your own pace and on your own time.

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Overview

  • Enroll in this online course for free and learn about the risks of plagiarism and fabrication.
  • Develop strategies to detect and root out plagiarism and fabrication in your own work.
  • Learn at your own pace and on your own time.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define plagiarism and fabrication
  • Explain the differences among plagiarism, fabrication, copyright infringement and accidental factual errors
  • Identify the risks of plagiarism and fabrication to credibility and to individual careers
  • Understand the harms plagiarism and fabrication cause to organizations and professions and to the broader public
  • Develop best practices and strategies to avoid committing plagiarism and fabrication
  • Consider, devise, communicate and enforce organizational guidelines and protocols to prevent, detect and respond to plagiarism and fabrication
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Overview

  • Enroll in this online course for free and learn about the risks of plagiarism and fabrication.
  • Develop strategies to detect and root out plagiarism and fabrication in your own work.
  • Learn at your own pace and on your own time.

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Plagiarism and fabrication are among the most serious ethical breaches in journalism. In addition to ethical concerns, plagiarism and fabrication can also cause legal trouble.

Yet, no matter how high an organization’s standards may be, year after year, credibility-destroying scandals surface. Some of the most respected news organizations in the country and around the world have been caught up in plagiarism or fabrication scandals. These include The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The New York Times, the Guardian, CNN, the New Yorker and the BBC. No news organization can regard itself as immune. These scandals damage and destroy both promising new careers in journalism and veteran journalists’ legacies. All too many plagiarists and fabricators have deliberately misled their editors, producers and audiences.

Yet, for those who wish to have no association between their work and plagiarism or fabrication, avoiding the violations requires an understanding of how little it takes to cross the line. Sometimes, journalists or editors disagree about what constitutes plagiarism and fabrication. Individuals can publish what turns out to be plagiarized work unintentionally, putting their reputations at risk. Journalists and other authors seeking to boost their audience or improve the visual or audio quality of their work can, without meaning to, stray into fabrication with heavy-handed edits, re-enactments or too-vigorous retouching. Authors relying on contributors can be swept into plagiarism or fabrication scandals through the association of their names with works that incorporate plagiarized or fabricated elements.

The course will educate journalists, authors, editors, news producers, students, educators and news consumers about what plagiarism and fabrication are, why they are so toxic and how to avoid them. This course also will help editors and producers, as well as educators, detect and root out plagiarism and fabrication.

Questions?

We’d love to hear from you. Email us at info@poynter.org.

Once you enroll in this course, you can start anytime and engage with lessons on your own schedule. There will be seven lessons to complete.

Who should enroll

Journalists, news producers, journalism students, authors and others who wish to learn about and avoid plagiarism should enroll in this course.

Those responsible for online content and journalism educators would also benefit.

Cost

This self-directed course is free.

Instructors

Instructors

  • Geanne Belton
    Professor of Journalism, City University of New York's Baruch College
    Geanne Belton is a professor of journalism at City University of New York's Baruch College and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a faculty associate...
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  • Ruth S. Hochberger
    Editor-in-residence, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
    Ruth S. Hochberger, a lawyer and journalist, was editor-in-chief of The New York Law Journal for 12 years. She has taught reporting, and media law...
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  • Jane E. Kirtley
    Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, University of Minnesota
    Jane Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, and...
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