News reporters who plagiarize their stories occasionally make the news themselves – when they are found out. I was alerted to just such a story a few days ago. My alert service pointed to two short online reports and I had a look. There were a couple of statements in those reports which puzzled me, they were so intriguing they got me looking for more details and for clarification.
I am not sure that I found clarification. I did find more reports on the same story, some published a day or two later but quite a few published much earlier. The core of the story remained the same but each succeeding report I looked at seemed to add a different detail. Unhelpfully, some of those extra details did not quite match the details of other reports.
And while I do not want to comment on the case itself, not least because there is an active legal case going on (the reporter is suing for unfair dismissal), I think there are general points which can be made and general questions to ask which are of interest with regard to honesty and integrity in education and academia.
Let’s dive in!
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