An editorial from a small local newspaper out west was sent to me by a reader this week. The paper in question is the Prince George Citizen:
To our shock and dismay, multiple incidents of plagiarism were uncovered from work over the last number of months. The staff member plagiarized various online new publications, while writing opinion pieces that appeared in this space. Entire paragraphs were copied and then blended into articles, removing a word here and there, or adding a clause to link certain phrases, but leaving the words of the original writer all or mostly intact, without attribution to the original writer or publication.
As of Tuesday morning, that news staff member is no longer employed at this newspaper.
Well done, Prince George Citizen. A bit over the top, mind you. I can think of a much more important paper than the Citizen which showed us that when a minor charge like serial plagiarism comes along, there’s certainly no need to fire anyone as long as the writer in question says it was inadvertent and is willing to print a vaguely worded apology.
On a similar note, the manager of a Vancouver real estate company just resigned, saying he was accepting formal responsibility for two employees who pretended to be buyers in order to make the company’s homes look more in demand than maybe they really were.
Managerial responsibility? What’s that?
I mean, it’s not like a manager should be expected to resign if, for instance, he sends his staff to impersonate new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony for the benefit of the news cameras or anything.Tweet