Tricks of the Trade – No 1 Plagiarism
Watch this and cringe! Hard news reporter from the Birmingham Mail goes to the States to work for the Obama campaign in Miami. . Interviewed by a reporter from Dutch TV (journalists always end up getting stitched by other journalists) he reveals a little too much information. Like that the main attraction of working on Obama’s campaign is all the women. That the piece he is sending back to his newspaper in Birmingham has been cut and pasted from the BBC website. That he is, em, very tired and very emotional. That right at the end of the clip, he tells his editor to jump off a pier or something like that. There is a follow-up You Tube posting where young Mr Smith discloses that he was fired for this. Saying that his report was essentially plagiarised from the BBC was a no-no.