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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

3 Count: Ending IsoHunt

3 Count: Ending IsoHunt

IsoHunt settles with MPAA, agrees to close, authors have spat over interview and artists respond to BitTorrent ads with new campaign. Continue Reading

Repost: Copyright’s Role in a Free Press

Repost: Copyright’s Role in a Free Press

Terry Hart from the Copyright Alliance recently posted about the future of journalism and the need to fund expensive reporting.Continue Reading

Looking Back: 10 Years After Jayson Blair

Looking Back: 10 Years After Jayson Blair

Today marks 10 years since Jayson Blair’s resignation from the New York Times. How did he change journalism and what have we learned from the scandal?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

Churnalism: Where is Your Journalism Coming From?

Churnalism: Where is Your Journalism Coming From?

What goes into the journalism you read? One site aims to highlight passages in news articles recycled from press releases and Wikipedia.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

Why It’s Not OK for Journalists to get Intellectual Property Law Wrong

Why It’s Not OK for Journalists to get Intellectual Property Law Wrong

One of the few things that truly annoys me online is when journalists get basic intellectual property facts wrong. This is why.Continue Reading

5 Types of Infringement Made Commonplace by the Web

5 Types of Infringement Made Commonplace by the Web

The Internet has changed the types of copyright infringement that take place, creating serious headaches for some content creators.Continue Reading

Jonah Lehrer’s Non-Apology and Non-Explanation

Jonah Lehrer’s Non-Apology and Non-Explanation

Jonah Lehrer recently spoke at length about his misdeeds. But for a man who talked almost an hour, he had surprisingly little useful to say.Continue Reading