What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a very serious offense. Every employee in our newsrooms needs to be fully aware of what practices are not acceptable by our journalistic ideal, and by our readers' expectations. The purpose of this quiz is to gauge what you know about plagiarism and attribution standards in the digital age. We need to evaluate what practices require re-enforcement and what training we need to provide you with as a representative of our company.

Plagiarism as defined by Dictionary.com: "The unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work, as by not crediting the author."

For further reading on plagiarism and attribution, we recommend the following: http://bit.ly/yghUin and http://bit.ly/yUBMQT and http://bit.ly/17gRH6t.
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Question 1: In your reporting on a story, you come across a story from another newspaper’s website that explains pretty well what happened. You have already verified these facts, but you like this explanation, so you decide to use an extensive passage from the story in your story. Which of the following is the appropriate ways to attribute: *
Question 2: In your reporting on a story, you find a story on a competing news organization’s website that has a good quote from a key figure in the story who has declined your interview request. You decide to use the quote in your story. Choose the correct way to attribute. *
Question 3: In your reporting for a story, you find a blog that includes a clear sequence of events. You have verified the facts reported in the blog, and this is the clearest explanation you've heard. You want to use this sequence in your story. What is the proper way to use this information. *
Question 4: An organization on your beat sends you a press release. You decide the information in the press release is newsworthy. Which is the correct way to use the press release: *
Question 5: You are assigned to aggregate content from other media on a topic. Which is the right way to use content from other media in carrying out this assignment? *
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