Saturday, November 22, 2014

Columbia Journalism Review on plagiarism

David Uberti has a post in the Columbia Journalism Review titled Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect

The "unexpected" problem seems to be the variability in responding to plagiarism issues, once identified, and correlatively altering the definition of plagiarism, ex post, to correlate with the planned punishment (i.e., if the punishment is weak, then it wasn't plagiarism).

One goes back to the inadvertent plagiarism discussion in the Glenn Poshard plagiarism matter.

A separate issue is when a plagiarism discussion masks a deeper problem, as in the Laurence Tribe matter.


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