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September 2015

A Note From Your Editor

Respect the Word – by Giselle Nieves

Have you ever felt so irked by a teacher always telling you to cite all of your resources? Or have you been told to always to summarize in your own words and no to copy word for word your information? Well, they’re not asking you, just to irritate you. They are insisting because it is very important to the ethics of journalism.

The nation got to see the importance of ethics on site on a scandal on the respected talk show, host, Oprah. The issue began when Oprah had introduced a book that she felt impressed by and added it to her book club. The book was called A Million Little Pieces by James Frey and it was a memoir that told very detailed events that had happened to the author. She put the book on the spotlight and made the book and author very popular. But soon, many began to doubt the author and question if his statements were true at all. They accused Oprah and especially Frey of defamation for claiming that all those events had happened to him were true, when they weren’t and ultimately accused of plagiarism by changing the way those statements happened and claimed those were his. This was one the biggest controversies that had happened on the history of Oprah’s show and just shows how important it is to always make sure your statements or information is credible and reliable. The public wants to hear the truth, but too much truth will land you in invasion of privacy.

The Code of Ethics is a set of guidelines for journalists or for anyone publishing anything that helps them know what is right or wrong to create the best quality of information that they can. A person might say ‘Well why can we just say or write whatever we want’? And the answer to that is simply honesty. If you were to write an essay for a class and a classmate copied everything that you had written and just put their name on the paper, wouldn’t that make you mad? What that person did was plagiarism and it is very important to avoid committing it because the owner of where you got your sources from deserves the credit. Not only should you be honest to the public, but you should also respect them. Obscenity and censorship is using ideas, words, or pictures that can contain offensive content and can potentially offend or hurt someone’s feelings. That is a crime and you can get into serious trouble if you’re not careful with what you say. Privacy is something that is personal and should be respected, so it is wrong to go too far into confidential information that is off limits to the public’s knowledge.

Following all these guidelines will make your writing more professional, and of course, legal. The respect and truth is all the public wants. They don’t want to be deceived because as you can see from the comments of the whole controversy of the author and Oprah, they will feel offended.  Ethics in journalism will continued to be used in the future to insure integrity and the highest degree of accuracy and fairness.

 

 About the Fair Use| U.S. Copyright Office. (n.d.). Retrieved September 18, 2015, from http://copyright.gov/fair-use/

 

Code of Ethics of the American Library Association. (n.d.). Retrieved September 18, 2015, from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/proethics/codeofethics/codeethics

 

Defamation. (n.d.). Retrieved September 18, 2015, from https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/defamation

 

 Laksmiwardani, A. (n.d.). Journalism Ethics: Public’s Right to Know versus Infringement of Privacy. Retrieved September 18, 2015, from http://www.academia.edu/3632045/Journalism_Ethics_Publics_Right_to_Know_versus_Infringement_of_Privacy

 

Plagiarism. (n.d.). Retrieved September 18, 2015, from http://cronkite.asu.edu/about/plagiarism

 

Silverman, C. (2014, September 24). How publishers should build credibility through transparency. Retrieved September 18, 2015, from https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/publications/reports/strategy-studies/transparency-credibility/

 

Society of Professional Journalists Improving and protecting journalism since 1909. (n.d.). Retrieved September 18, 2015, from http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

 

What Is Censorship? (n.d.). Retrieved September 18, 2015, from https://www.aclu.org/what-censorship

A Note from your Editor

Plagiarism and Ethics…What are they?

By: Taylor Voight

From Newspapers to video documentaries, Ethics has become a major role in our lives today, creating order in the world of chaos. Unfortunately all across the world, Plagiarism is being commonly committed by unmindful students.

With technology  improvements increasing, the number of technology resources in schools increase with them. According to The New York Times website, seventy- one percent of students, in grades sixth through twelfth, with internet access expressed that they depend on electronic technology to work on homework or finish a project. These outcomes predict students more likely to commit plagiarism than ever before. However this problem can be easily solved through the determination of our teachers, and the will of our students. Of course it wasn’t always this way, up until the seventeenth century individuals words were simply out there. No one really thought about what it meant to “borrow” them. The word “Plagiary” didn’t actually come up until a man by the name of Ben Johnson used it. It became clear that Plagiarism was a big deal, and it finally became a crime in the eighteenth century. Without this big moment in history our world today would be a battle for our own words.

Ethics gives us the requirements we need to stay in order. I believe that by teaching students these requirements we can lower the amount of expulsions due to plagiarism. Unless you’re intentionally violating this crime, it would be pretty hard for students to perpatrate defamation. However it can be extremely easy for a person to commit slander or libel; by saying false statements that are potentially a misrepresentation of your source, you could land yourself in a heap of mess. Not only do you have false information, but you have violated a law in a matter of seconds. Another one to watch out for would be obscenity. We can all get a little opinionated at times, but by expressing bad or otherwise harmful words about another’s thoughts could be just as bad. A most commonly known category of ethics would be copyright. Almost every student has been told to watch out for copyright, but you would be surprised how many students don’t actually know what this means. I should know because as a student myself I never quite knew what copyright was until this year. Would I have been more careful if I had known in middle school? Absolutely!

Students should be taught the importance of Ethics in the beginning of their middle school lives, so that by the time they are in college, it becomes a basic survival skill to them. The most perfect example comes from the U.S News website, where it states a student from Ohio University was suspended for plagiarism towards Wikipedia. However this student had no idea she had done a wrong doing, so when ask to come up-front about it, she could only reply with confusion. We can help prevent this from happening to more students hoping to graduate college. We can teach children about censorship and fair use. We can teach it all.  It simply takes a week of class time, and a whole lot of practice.

By teaching students these things and how to avoid these situations we can reduce plagiarism not only in schools, but throughout the world as well, because who’s a better teacher for the future than our very own next generation.

 

Citations:
  • Brynn, K. (2002, July 8). When Did Plagiarism Become a Crime? Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  • Reuters. (2001, September 2). Internet Helps With Homework. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  • Go, A. (2008, August 14). Two Students Kicked off Semester at Sea for Plagiarism. Retrieved September 18, 2015.

 

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