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How Prevalent Is Plagiarism in the Media and the Classroom?

CNN host, author and columnist Fareed Zakaria was accused recently of plagiarizing articles for several publications, including the Washington Post, which says it’s adding editor’s notes to four of his columns online. The Post is the fifth news organization to conclude work published by Zakaria appears to have attribution problems. But he’s not the only […]

CNN host, author and columnist Fareed Zakaria was accused recently of plagiarizing articles for several publications, including the Washington Post, which says it’s adding editor’s notes to four of his columns online.

The Post is the fifth news organization to conclude work published by Zakaria appears to have attribution problems. But he’s not the only journalist who has been accused of plagiarism.

We discuss the prevalence of plagiarism in the media, why some journalists commit this cardinal sin — intentionally or accidentally — and whether it can or should end a journalist's career. We also take a look at plagiarism in the classroom and the tools teachers use to catch it, as we talk with University of Houston Communications Professor Garth Jowett.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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