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 Post subject: Self-plagiarism
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 11:33 pm 
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Columnist for Houston Chronicle suspended for reusing old work<p> HOUSTON (AP) … A Houston Chronicle sports columnist has been
suspended without pay for a month after a recent column was
found to be virtually identical to one he wrote in 1990 for
another newspaper.<p> Mickey Herskowitz's column last month about former UCLA
coach John Wooden contained little new information and
duplicated many phrases, the Chronicle said in an editor's note
published in its Sunday editions.<p> Herskowitz worked for the Houston Post for 30 years before
becoming a columnist with the Chronicle in 1995, when the Post
closed.<p> A further examination found other examples of short passages
he wrote while working for the Post that later appeared in the
Chronicle.<p> ``I can't tell you how idiotic and stupid I feel,''
Herskowitz said in the editor's note. ``I have never lifted
from anyone else. I apologize.''<p> The Chronicle said Herskowitz's actions were not plagiarism
but were bad form. Readers, the newspaper said, deserve
original work and anything previously reported or quoted needs
to be labeled as such.<p> AP-ES-04-03-04 2251EST


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 Post subject: Re: Self-plagiarism
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 7:25 pm 
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The opportunities for snarky comments are just too rich with this one.


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 Post subject: Re: Self-plagiarism
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2004 9:58 pm 
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This guy "plagairized" himself. He wrote the words before, and now, in looking at a past event, an anniversary, or something? he plagairized himself? Does that mean he stole something from himself? Or the newspaper? Or is he just lazy? Which party (not implying the reader) is this crime against. I'm not saying the reporter wasnt wrong. Also, what if he had written it for the same paper years ago... and
"re-used" his words? Same thing? Same plagairism charge? Or not? Just curious.


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 Post subject: Re: Self-plagiarism
PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2004 12:51 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by car copy:
This guy "plagairized" himself. He wrote the words before, and now, in looking at a past event, an anniversary, or something? he plagairized himself? Does that mean he stole something from himself? Or the newspaper? Or is he just lazy? Which party (not implying the reader) is this crime against. I'm not saying the reporter wasnt wrong. Also, what if he had written it for the same paper years ago... and
"re-used" his words? Same thing? Same plagairism charge? Or not? Just curious.
<hr></blockquote><p>I think the idea is that there's an unwritten assumption/contract/assertion to the reader that a column is original material. Columnists have devices to which they return (e.g., Royko's Grobnik), but I think it's fair to assume that readers assume the substance of a column is new material from the columnist.<p>The Nick Nolte character recycled a column at the beginning of the 1994 movie "I Love Trouble."<p>[ April 25, 2004: Message edited by: Todd J. Behme ]</p>


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