Musings on the Zakaria/Lehrer Plagiarism Scandals

Five mostly related comments about the recent scandals involving Fareed Zakaria and Jonah Lehrer: 1. Get Used to Nuanced Cases of Plagiarism. For every Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass there are dozens of Zakarias and Lehrers. That is to say, while the clear-cut, tisk-tisk cases of fabrication and stealing others’ work are fodder for films…

Journalists Don’t Understand Fair Use & Signs of an improving journalism job market

I’m just back from the 2012 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Chicago. It was a whirlwind four days of presenting research, listening to panel discussions and networking with other journalism educators. Among the most fascinating panels I attended was a discussion about fair use hosted by American University’s Center for…

Teaching The Youngest Journalists

My journalism career launched in earnest many summers ago at Northwestern University’s Cherubs high school program (it has gone through several official names, but ask any program alum and he’ll refer to it as Cherubs). I’ve since had the pleasure of teaching twice at this long-running Northwestern journalism program, which is somewhere in between summer…