Robin’s Road is nearing the end. Semester is almost over and soon this blog will just be a thing of the past, neglected, and only looked at every now and then as a reminder of what Journalism on the Web looks like.
So, I thought I would close with a post regarding a Steve Buttry article on the most important thing to a Journalist – our words. It is our intellectual property and as such, needs to be protected and revered. Just as we, when crafting our stories, our posts, our blogs, our Storify’s, our Twitters, our FB posts, and ALL of the other plethora of tools a journalist has at their disposal to create news with, should revere, respect, and give attribute where due when using another’s words.
This attribution and respect was not apparent to journalist Fareed Zakaria, as he wrote columns for Newsweek, Time, the Washington Post, hosted his own show on CNN and “lifted” several phrases from other news sources without giving due credit. Zakaria stated he was spread thin and it was a mistake.
Whatever he wanted to call it, it was and still is, Plagiarism.
Buttry’s article is one of insight, as he discusses what his LSU Dean, Jerry Ceppos, had a classroom do with the Zakaria story and the alleged allegations – they broke the “P” word down into five blocks; Words, Facts, Ideas, Quotes, and Medium. Buttry responded with his comments on their analysis and a reiteration from one of his previous blogs, “Sloppiness, as I’ve said before, is not an excuse, but a guilty plea“.