The ease with which students can cut and paste information and paste it into their work makes for a problem for journalism teachers and publications advisers.
But the problem needs to be attacked, and students must understand from the beginning the consequences of their actions. It’s grounds for course failure, and it’s grounds for firing from a job.
This video talks about plagiarism and includes an interview with former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair — it’s worth watching.
Turnitin is a way to find plagiarism in students’ work. Turnitin has extensive resources to help instructors get started quickly and develop deeper skills through continued use. I also will help students understand that they probably can’t get away with the practice.
It was not available when I taught high school journalism, but I would have used it had it been.