What's behind plagiarism?
"The culprit behind the recurring clusters of plagiarism and fabrication scandals isn’t just irresponsible youth or a few bad apples or the temptations of the Internet," writes Lori Robertson, managing editor of the American Journalism Review. "It may be the newsroom culture itself. ... Many news organizations are demanding more bang for fewer bucks, as budgets are trimmed, training and mentoring are nixed, time for long, heady talks on attribution is nonexistent." And journalism has become "a profession that is viewed more and more like a business and not—as it so lovingly was post-Watergate—as a vital part of a functioning democracy." 
Budget-cutting On The News Room Floor
Staffing cuts and declining circulation are hitting leading newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune. "If newspapers take the shortsighted, short-term approach to tighter budgets by whittling away at investigative reporting, others outside the industry - such as blogs and radio - likely will take up the slack, and newspapers' decline will accelerate," writes Editor and Publisher editor Steve Outing.  Newsrooms "have become the morgues they so closely resemble, filled with ghosts of the departed and those who await the next ax to fall," writes Kathleen Parker. "But to those in the trenches, cutting staff is exactly the wrong solution, more like a self-inflicted wound trending toward suicide than a remedy. By cutting newsroom staffs, the corporate suits are reducing the likelihood that papers can do what makes them necessary." 
The News ... Brought to You By Government Officials
Ted Koppel, who recently stepped down from Nightline, his long-running TV news show, "was a fine journalist and a decent man," writes Fred Branfman, "but to stay atop journalism's establishment, even he had to make a deal with the devil." Branfman recalls his own experiences with Koppel during the war in Indochina, praising his "charisma, good humor and an unusual mix of professionalism and human decency."
At Nightline, however, he became "a card-carrying member of the journalistic establishment. ... And that is the point. The issue isn't Ted himself but what he symbolizes: the institutional and structural corruption of an American media that has chosen to define 'news' primarily as the information it receives from American officials, and which has traded a critical and independent stance for 'access' to powerful figures. As long as the TV lead and Page One stories primarily come, directly or indirectly, from government officials, and as long as critics and dissenting information are ignored or relegated to page A18, Ted Koppel will be the best we get."
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- Lori Robertson, "Confronting the Culture; The culprit behind the recurring clusters of plagiarism and fabrication scandals isn’t just irresponsible youth or a few bad apples or the temptations of the Internet. It may be the newsroom culture itself", American Journalism Review, August/September 2005.
- Edward Wasserman, "Losing the next generation of idealists", FortWayne.com, September 7, 2005. (This was syndicated by Knight Ridder Newspapers).
- Steve Outing, "Investigative Journalism: Will It Survive?", Editor & Publisher, November 16, 2005.
- Kathleen Parker, "Saving newspapers from their owners". Orlando Sentinel, November 23, 2005.
- Fred Branfman, "The Ted Koppel I knew: He was a fine journalist and a decent man – but to stay atop journalism's establishment, even he had to make a deal with the devil", Salon.com, November 23, 2005.
- Jay Rosen, "Murray Waas is Our Woodward Now," PressThink (NYU), April 9, 2006, also via Huffingtonpost
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- Jim Boyd, "Editorial Pages: Why Courage is Hard to Find," Nieman Reports, Spring 2006.
- Noam Cohen, "Journalism in the Hands of the Neighborhood," New York Times, March 10, 2008.
- Jay Rosen, "A Most Useful Definition of Citizen Journalism," Press Watch, July 14, 2008.
- Katharine Seeyle, "Citizen Journalism Gains a Voice in the Campaign," New York Times, July 25, 2008.
- Eric Alterman & Danielle Ivovy, "Blogosphere to Mainstream Media: Get Off the Bush," Center for American Progress, May 8, 2009.
- Ryan Chuttum, "Reuters is Excellent in Digging Up Insurer's Tactics," Columbia Journalism Review, March 17, 2010