Not only is it hard to spell, I am deathly afraid of plagiarism.

I’m afraid because my profession deals with it on, what seems like, a weekly basis.

It scares me because of what each new case does to the credibility of every other reporter.

I am not doing this post to judge, but, rather, to just put the facts out there.

Some stats from include:

A study by The Center for Academic Integrity found that almost 80% of college students admit to cheating at least once.

According to a survey by the Psychological Record 36% of undergraduates have admitted to plagiarizing written material.

A poll conducted by US News and World Reports found that 90% of students believe that cheaters are either never caught or have never been appropriately disciplined.

The State of Americans: This Generation and the Next (Free Press, July 1996) states that 58.3% of high school students let someone else copy their work in 1969, and 97.5% did so in 1989.

A study conducted by Ronald M. Aaron and Robert T. Georgia: Administrator Perceptions of Student Academic Dishonesty in Collegiate Institutions found that 257 chief student affairs officers across the country believe that colleges and universities have not addressed the cheating problem adequately.

Keep in mind that all of those stats were college based. I couldn’t find statistics for journalists.

The word has been drilled into my head since high school. In college, it was the same thing.

Today, we briefly talk about it in the newsroom. This summer has seen several cases, with interns and veteran reporters. It doesn’t need to be spoken about more than that. It happens and the rest of us carry on.

It isn’t limited to journalists or college students, either. Doctors and professors aren’t without some cases, as well

Moving Forward

Plagiarism won’t soon go away. Thanks to the Internet, there are multiple resources available to ensure that it doesn’t happen.

A quick Google search gave me Dupli Checker, “a web content creation company offering number of services including articles, web content, blogs and SEO services.”

It’s free and I found it simple to use.

There are also many other downloadable checkers and finders available. I don’t know how well they work, but there is definitely more than enough out there, if you are looking.



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