News plagiarism — an event where a journalist uses content from other mass media and signs it with his name or doesn’t state that the content is borrowed. This regards ideas, text, writing style, photos, images, and videos.
Also, media plagiarism occurs when a journalist repeatedly uses his own article. Since he sold his author rights to another edition, self-plagiarism counts as theft.
It is always recommended to state the sources. An article might contain factual errors or incorrect data. By failing to state the original, the journalist promotes misconceptions.
News outlets stick to several must-dos when making references to their colleagues, e.g.:
- A direct link to the source article or content;
- Stating the journalist’s or company’s name;
- Noting the general source, general info, e.g., “A number of news outlets stated”.
Either way, stating the source of the content is regarded as ethical, safe, and lawful. Most news outlets do not accept plagiarism in any of its forms. Even if a few lines were quoted from Wikipedia, this is not allowed, despite the fact that Wikipedia allows recurrent use and sharing of its content.
A plagiarizing journalist places his media company, newspaper, or client at reputational risk. People that detect plagiarism will confront the company.
Plagiarism can be accidental. This happens when a journalist uses many references but forgets to specify the author or unintendedly repeats somebody else’s phrases or thoughts in his text. Even if that’s the case, the journalist is still responsible. His lack of attention when checking his work for plagiarism can potentially risk the client’s reputation.