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5 Reasons Journalism Still Struggles with Plagiarism

5 Reasons Journalism Still Struggles with Plagiarism

Frozen newspapersIn 2012, I called on journalists and their institutions to get in front of the issue of plagiarism and to start being proactive about plagiarism.

The time for the conversation was ripe. It was just after the “Summer of Sin” that saw a wide range of plagiarism scandals including Jonah Lehrer, Fareed Zakaria, Margaret Wente and more.

But while the headlines haven’t been as great since then, there’s no doubt that plagiarism remains a major problem in journalism. In 2013 alone the Daily Mail was accused of plagiarizing a key interview with Emma Thompson, twice, the Washington Post faced serious allegations of plagiarism and, in my hometown of New Orleans, a popular staff column was removed from a weekly newspaper after some of the columns turned up plagiarized.

These are just three of countless examples of plagiarisms, retractions and embarrassments for journalism in 2013. Yet, despite the obvious warnings, most newspapers and other institutes of journalism have done little to prevent plagiarism amidst their ranks. In fact, the Washington Post removed its ombudsman, known for his tough stance on plagiarism, and replaced him with a weakened position that was filled for less than a year.

If anything, journalism seems to be retreating on the issue of plagiarism even as evidence mounts that it’s time to get more aggressive on the subject. So what’s going on? Why is the fourth estate backing down from one of its most serious ethical challenges?

There are many reasons for it but here are five of the key factors at play.Continue Reading

The Varying Ethics of Plagiarism

The Varying Ethics of Plagiarism

Is ghostwriting a form of plagiarism? What about recycling your content? These aren’t easy questions and sometimes the deed itself hardly matters at all. Continue Reading

When Plagiarism Pays – iThenticate Blog Post

When Plagiarism Pays – iThenticate Blog Post

Jonah Lehrer’s $20,000 honorarium for his Knight Foundation speaking engagement drew a great deal of criticism, most of it justified.Continue Reading

3 Count: Autoflop

3 Count: Autoflop

TV Networks fail to get injunction against AutoHop, Google responds to actor’s copyright lawsuit and Philippine Senator may face plagiarism allegationContinue Reading

Journalists: It’s Time to Get In Front of Plagiarism

Journalists: It’s Time to Get In Front of Plagiarism

If one thing is clear from the recent plagiarism scandals, publications needs to stop being reactive and start being proactive on the topic.Continue Reading

The Fall of Jonah Lehrer

The Fall of Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer survived his self-plagiarism scandal last month only to resign after details of fabrication emerged. It’s time to look back at what happened.Continue Reading

The 3 Types of Copyright Conversations

The 3 Types of Copyright Conversations

Talking about copyright can be very difficult but it isn’t just high emotions and misinformation that the problem. The dialog itself is problematic.Continue Reading

3 Count: 70% Solution

3 Count: 70% Solution

The latest news on a copyright report from the U.S. Trade Representative, a research report on the ethics of piracy an Righthaven at it again.Continue Reading

3 Count: Death’s Door

3 Count: Death’s Door

The latest news on the IFPI’s annual report, an ethics issue in the Limewire case and changes to India’s copyright law.Continue Reading

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