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Student paper stealing quotes

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by buzzerbeater, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. buzzerbeater

    buzzerbeater Member

    So I drive seven hours to cover my college football team last Saturday. I'm the only local media outside the locker room after the game. I talk to the head coach and three players, each one all by myself.
    When I get back I see the student paper in its Monday edition has used my quotes from the coach and all three players word for word.
    The student paper did not even make the trip. They could have gotten similar coach quotes from another source, but I highly doubt they called the same three players I talked to on Sunday and got the exact same quotes they gave me.
    Do you give the student a bit of a pass for not knowing better or do you get in this guy's grill and threaten him with his journalistic life?
  2. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Are you saying he got the quotes from reading your story in the paper?

    Do you also write for a student newspaper? You said 'my college football team,' not sure what that meant.

    If you're a professional reporter, call the faculty advisor of the paper (or some adult in charge)....the student needs to learn about plagiarism. If you're a student, tell your adult in charge, and let him/her call the other adult in charge.
  3. buzzerbeater

    buzzerbeater Member

    To clarify, I am referring to the college football team I cover as a beat for my 50,000 circulation daily newspaper.
    Yes, I am saying they took quotes from my story and used them in their own story without crediting me or my newspaper.
  4. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Sorry, no offense.

    Call the student's paper, let them deal with their reporter.
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Have your publisher call their publisher (or equivalent) and tell them you want a written credit within two publication days, or else you're dropping the bomb on them. And if you don't get it, do it.

    They've gotta learn sometime, so the earlier the better.
  6. SoCalScribe

    SoCalScribe Member

    Completely agree with Starman. Even the newest college writer should know from his or her academics that you shouldn't take something that's not yours and pass it off as your own. If you don't make sure that lesson is learned, you're doing everyone a disservice, yourself included.
  7. Sxysprtswrtr

    Sxysprtswrtr Active Member

    Though I tend to lean toward calling the school newspaper's adviser, there's a part of me that says you should call up the bylined reporter on the story with the lifted quotes. Thinking back to if it were me in college, and some reporter called me on it and asked (in a calm, but assertive voice) why I had lifted his/her quotes, then you bet your bottom booty I wouldn't do it again.
  8. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Agree with everyone hear. Take care of it early.
    Maybe then we'll have one less 50-year old sports editor doing it down the line.
  9. guess this guy is now qualified to work at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Agree with Sxy...I don't disagree that a call to the student paper's publisher or adviser would get the issue resolved, but the writer needs to learn that reporters covering the same beat police themselves (or at least they should). Editors and publishers won't always be there to clean up a mess.
  11. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    if your paper makes you drive seven hours to cover a team, you probably can't threaten anyone's journalistic life.
  12. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Detroit Free Press?
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