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December 3, 2007

Eight deadly sins?

The part that stuck out the most to me was Plagiarism:The Original Sin I never had a problem with plagiarism, I know that I'm not the best with citing sources, but I dont do that on purpose, I just really do suck at citing things. But I know that some of my friends have not always been in the same boat. What I learned, that I should pass on to them is easiest in the same way the book presented it.

  • Give credit where its due.
  • Put your notes aside when you write your first draft.
  • Inform readers of your sources.
  • Information from printed sources needs page and paragraph numbers.
  • Quotation marks make the best friends.
  • Be a better time manager, plagiarism usually only happens when you're missing deadlines.
  • Journalism rests on a foundation of honesty.


I don't think I can put it any better, so I won't.

(That's all found on pages 318-319 of America's Best Newspaper Writing)


Okay, so I don't think I've ever much of a problem with plagiarism, but I can relate to the citing problem. It's nice to have such a short, orderly list when writing, just to make sure that plagiarism won't become a problem in the future.

I never really thought of it as a primary rule, but #2 is a great rule of thumb. Put your notes aside when you write your first draft.

This basically means the first draft should include the bare-bones of the article. It should contain the most important information, which is really the most memorable info. Journalists need to take this rule into account a bit more, I'd say.

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