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High School Soccer Plagiarism?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by WoodyWommack, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. WoodyWommack

    WoodyWommack Member

    Alright, here's the deal.

    Here are two stories from a recent high school soccer game. The reporter that wrote STORY ONE was working for a daily and attended the game. STORY ONE came out the day after the game. The reporter that wrote STORY TWO works for a weekly and wasn't at the game. STORY TWO came out seven days after the game was played, and was packaged with another game that was played later in the week.

    STORY ONE: "The Oviedo girls soccer team used a flurry of first half goals to knock off University 6-0 in a Class 6A region quarterfinal on Thursday night."
    STORY ONE (later): "Oviedo got its first goal of the game in the sixth minute when Kara Mundelein punched in a shot from inside the University box.

    STORY TWO: "Oviedo handled University (14-5-4) with ease in a rainy game. After Kara Mundelein's goal in the sixth minute, the Lions went on a scoring spree late in the first half."

    STORY ONE: "The Lions, who lost in the state championship game last season, scored three goals in less than four minutes to put the game out of reach before the first half even ended."
    STORY ONE (later): "In the 27th minute Lindsay Osburn scored, three minutes later Katie O'Kennedy put the Lions up 3-0, and then less than 30 seconds later Colleen O'Kennedy followed her sister's lead to put the Lions up 4-0."
    STORY ONE (later): "Megan Pando tacked on a late insurance goal for the Lions in the 65th minute.Osburn scored her second goal of the game in the 77th minute."

    STORY TWO: "Oviedo scored three times in four minutes, starting with Lindsay Osburn in the 27th minute and Katie O'Kennedy in the 30th minute. Not to be outdone by her sister a week before their birthday, Colleen O'Kennedy added her own goal 30 seconds later. Megan Pando scored in the second half, and Osburn added another one for the Lions."

    Could the details that are featured in STORY ONE be found any other way than STORY TWO plagiarizing STORY ONE? Could the writer of STORY TWO contacted to the coach to get the details? Do they two just sound the same because soccer is boring?
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    How can you plagiarize facts?

    And why does story two mention their birthdays but not story one?
  3. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    All of that information is in the box score, except for the weather conditions. That is available by looking out the window. They don't even really sound the same.
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    No case, Woody.
  5. Wonderlic

    Wonderlic Member

    I don't think they sound the same at all.

    And they both suck.
  6. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    They don't sound anything alike. Story two just sounds like it's a roundup from a boxscore and reads like thousands of other roundups, not like a plagiarized story.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It's not plagiarism but if it were, I think plagiarising high school soccer is a misdemeanor.
  8. ZummoSports

    ZummoSports Member

    Except for the note about their birthdays, there's nothing in Story Two that you couldn't get from the box score, at least in what was sampled.

    If quotes were lifted, that would be something else entirely. But I'm not seeing any plagiarism here.
  9. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Agree with the rest - no case.
  10. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

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  11. WoodyWommack

    WoodyWommack Member

    haha, OK. I'll accept your decision.
  12. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Question, and I'm not trying to be snarky here. What made you think this was plagiarized?
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