Plagiarism and the journalism student

Mindy McAdams, professor of journalism at the University of Florida, writes on plagiarism and journalism students, how plagiarism can ruin their career.

What students (and journalists) need to understand — thoroughly and utterly — is that dishonesty in this field cannot be forgiven. You don’t get a punishment and then come back to the way things were before, because the only thing you had to base your authority on was your integrity, your reliability. Those are your credentials for getting the trust of the public — the people for whom you produce your journalism.