Students should be honest in all stages of their work. Dishonesty is a serious offense and should not be tolerated.
Dishonesty compromises the integrity and credibility of the student publication. The editorial board and/or adviser should address any instance of academic misconduct immediately.
Staff manual process
Student editors should develop a clear process for handling academic dishonesty. Both media staff and school policies may dictate consequences for academic dishonesty. In addition to school consequences, other approaches could include removal or suspension from the media staff and publishing an apology.
In journalism, academic dishonesty is not limited to cheating and plagiarism. Issues especially relevant to student media include:
• Fabrication — inventing quotes or other content
• Non-contextual content — taking quotes, facts or other content out of their intended context in a way that misleads the audience
• Manipulation of photos, video and text — editing or altering content in a way to change its meaning or misrepresent reality
The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity, The Center for Academic Integrity
Journalism Department Code of Ethics and Conduct, San Francisco State University
The Medill Justice Project Ethics Book, Northwestern University
Our cheating culture: Plagiarism and fabrication are unacceptable in journalism, The Buttry Diary
Audio: Plagiarism, JEA Scholastic Press Rights Committee, Press Rights Minute
National Press Photographers Code of Ethics
Audio: Creative Commons Licensing, JEA Scholastic Press Rights Committee, Press Rights Minute
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