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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4 2013 5:50 a.m. MDT

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Cincinnatus
Kearns, UT

Sorry DN, but be honest with us and yourselves and call this what it is, plagiarism, rather than beating around the bush and calling it a "lack of proper attribution."

The Eyre's lifted other writer's words without giving credit- THAT in a nutshell is plagiarism.

This whole citizen journalism issue is what has changed my opinion of the DN. All the fluff, interspersed with news, makes it feel like a big Church newsletter rather than a major daily. Anymore when I come to the DN, I have to scan through the stories to pick out news from the fluff pieces. I understand that the newspaper business is changing, but professional journalism is not- you still need professionals to write the news and other stories. Letting "amateurs" have their own columns can prove dangerous, as this new episode and the Richard Burwash stories have shown.

Students have been thrown out of school for plagiarism. Reporters have been fired over it. The Eyre's get their column suspended for a month? How can I trust the DN if you can't sufficiently vet your own citizen journalists?

raybies
Layton, UT

The SLTribune is playing up this one, because of the DesNews's harsh stance against plagiarism that it has taken in the past, and what appears on the surface to be a double-standard.

I know the pressure to publish is a big factor in why this sort of thing happens--it looks bad to publish an article that's mostly quoted material from sources outside of the experts presenting it--but for the sake of learning from other sources, it really is helpful to have all materials correctly attributed.

I've always felt that attributing quotes makes one's own piece stronger, because it's not just the opinion of one expert, but of the others attributed.

Hopefully lessons are learned, especially from such prolific writers who counsel others publicly on the need of ethical behavior.

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

This is the second ethical lapse caused by the Deseret News using volunteers instead of professional journalists. Moreover, a journalist would say that what happened is plagiarism. The milder characterization by the Deseret News is not surprising given the limited journalism experience of the editor. The Deseret News needs to hire more journalists and abandon its volunteer model if it ever wants to be seen as a newspaper again.

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