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Ethics Quiz

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By Casey Bukro

Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists

Let’s start the year off right with a journalism ethics quiz, and a reminder that journalists contact the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists because they want to get it right.

Maybe 2021 will be the year when American journalists are appreciated, rather than demonized.

Since 2001, professional journalists have called the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists for guidance on ethics. Here’s one of those cases:

A freelance fashion writer was assigned to research skin care products and make recommendations. She asked a journalism intern from a local university to work with her to research products on the internet.

The intern found web sites with advertising and cut and pasted information into a word text file.

The fashion writer said she mistakenly submitted the intern’s work as her own. Her editor accused the fashion writer of plagiarism, saying he found copy identical to hers on web sites listed in her file.

The fashion writer said she promptly emailed the version she had written and intended to file. She asked AdviceLine if she acted unethically.

Was it just a mistake, or plagiarism?

What do you think?

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The Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists was founded in 2001 by the Chicago Headline Club (Chicago Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists) and Loyola University Chicago Center for Ethics and Social Justice. It partnered with the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2013. It is a free service.

Professional Journalists are invited to contact the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists for guidance on ethics. Call 866-DILEMMA or ethicsadvicelineforjournalists.org.