This incidence prompts us to issue a reminder to all CUP members about proper attribution of CUP content. The work of CUP’s bureau chiefs is for your use and you are welcome to take paragraphs of their writing to add background or national context to a local story, but you must credit them. A simple “with files from” or, if the situation warrants it, a double byline, suffices as proper attribution.
If you plagiarize from CUP — or anyone else for that matter — your publication is violating established ethical industry standards and consequences will follow.
If your paper has committed plagiarism, the short-term resolution will likely be to publish an apology and admission of the error, and properly attribute the plagiarized work. Finding a long-term resolution, however, means reviewing how the mistake occurred in the first place, specifically, the writing and editing process that produced the work — a worthwhile endeavour for any publication committed to producing good journalism.
In fact, here’s a helpful, educational quiz that might help you judge how you and your colleagues are doing. The quiz was created by Digital First Newsroom after the outlet dealt with two incidences of plagiarism.
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