The Globe and Mail: Cut-and-Paste Plagiarism Scandal
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The public editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s leading national newspaper, faces a significant ethical situation. An advocate of media standards has released a blog post outlining allegations of plagiarism against a prominent newspaper columnist. Following the release of the blog post, numerous members of the public and the journalism community began commenting on the situation. The public editor is responsible for upholding journalistic ethics and for investigating and responding to public concerns. She needs to respond to the allegations of plagiarism and ensure the public that the national newspaper upholds strong ethical standards.
- To place students into the leadership and decision-making role of the public editor who is responsible for upholding journalistic ethics and for investigating and responding to the concerns of the public reading audience.
- To decide on a plan of action in response to the allegations of plagiarism.
- To provide students with an opportunity to develop their analysis, decision-making and communications skills.
- To convey to students the importance of ethical writing practices and public communication.
Information, Media & Telecommunications
Canada, Large, 2012
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