Just as the New York Time's Jayson Blair episode begins to fade from memory, this week we're reminded that plagiarism is still very much alive and well. BuzzFeed writer and editor Benny Johnson was fired after a review determined he had committed plagiarism and incorrectly attributed information in more than 40 of his posts for the online news site, according to a written apology from the editor-in-chief.
Talking Points Memo (TPM) outlines the incident in a recent post, and while this occurrence may not rise to the level of Blair, who also fabricated sources and datelines, it still begs the question: Why do writers keep doing this?
A May 2014 PlagiarismToday post (yes, there's a whole blog site devoted to bringing awareness to the epidemic of plagiarism) sites several reasons for an increase in plagiarism scandals, including a combination of decreased staff in newsrooms across the country, less oversight from equally overworked editors and "increased cross-pollination" or stories that appear in multiple publications through content sharing.
So what are some steps we can take in the public relations sector to avoid making these same mistakes?
What do you think about the continuing trend of plagiarism and how we can avoid these mistakes?
Amanda Anderson is a Senior Account Supervisor at Lovell Communications. You can view more of Amanda's blogs at http://lovell.com/author/amanda-anderson/. Connect with Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or @maynordanderson.
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