How to Stay on the Good Side of Google Panda

Posted by David Rothschild on Apr 21, 2011 2:21:00 PM
The search marketing world has been in a frenzy over Google’s recent ‘Panda’ update.  The Panda release involved modifying some of the underlying mechanisms of Google’s search algorithm – the result has been a benefit to some websites and a hindrance to others. Google’s primary goal with the Panda release was to place less importance on ‘content farms’ that regularly produced unoriginal material. google panda resized 600

One of the big benefits of Panda is that websites that publish plagiarized materials regularly should be taking a big hit.  


Tagged:  Technology

Does Press Release Plagiarism Go Unnoticed?

Posted by David Rothschild on Apr 13, 2011 12:45:00 PM

Press Release Plagiarism resized 600The press release has long been the preferred method for a business to announce any news, announcements, products or breakthroughs.  This document is often written in a standardized format, laying out the major segments of the story and providing easily digestible quotes for journalists that want to use the piece as a foundation for their coverage.  


Tagged:  Best Practices

Which Generation is to Blame for Plagiarism?

Posted by David Rothschild on Apr 8, 2011 12:47:00 PM
Young vs Old resized 600It’s pretty common that the younger generation gets blamed for plagiarism. Many people see a bunch of kids who grew up on the internet, mashing up You Tube videos and engaging in a cut-and-paste free for all with no regard for ‘journalistic integrity.’ There is definitely an argument to be made that a ‘free-wheeling’ internet culture has been a thorn in the side of proper citations and giving attribution where it’s due.

However, lately it seems that lapses of ethical judgment have been falling on the venerated professionals who have been entrenched in their respective industries for decades.  This was most recently illustrated with the case of Sari Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist who outright plagiarized from other news sources due to the ‘deadline pressure’ she was facing.


5 Common Excuses for Plagiarism

Posted by David Rothschild on Mar 30, 2011 12:51:00 PM

plagiarism excuses resized 600We’ve covered a vast array of plagiarism in the news, ranging from cases in politics, research, journalism and academia.  


Tagged:  Best Practices

Even the Best Can Fall to Plagiarism

Posted by David Rothschild on Mar 23, 2011 12:51:00 PM
Even as the Internet muddies the distinction between what is journalism and what is not, we have historically expected the highest standard of ethics from our established news providers.

iStock 000011894652XSmallIt is for this reason that growing instances of misconduct from our favorite newspapers and star reporters is so disconcerting. 


Tagged:  Academic

A New Age of Curation in Journalism

Posted by David Rothschild on Mar 16, 2011 12:53:00 PM

network resized published a very interesting article on the growing phenomenon of journalistic curation.  A curator is someone who acts as a medium between journalists / publications and readers. 


Tagged:  Social Media

Does Plagiarism last for a lifetime?

Posted by David Rothschild on Feb 24, 2011 1:09:00 PM

Guttenberg resized 600A recent case in the news involves Germany’s Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who allegedly plagiarized his PhD dissertation in 2007.


Tagged:  Current Events

International Research Community Stands up to Plagiarism

Posted by David Rothschild on Feb 16, 2011 1:12:00 PM

international research‘International research community’ is a term you hear quite often; referring to a global consortium of researchers working together towards a common discovery. 


Tagged:  Technology, International

Crowdsourced Publishing: Automating the Scientific Editorial Process

Posted by David Rothschild on Feb 10, 2011 1:14:00 PM

Many recent trends point to the standard journalistic editorial process getting a major overhaul to streamline and automate publishing.  assembly line resized 600


Tagged:  Technology, Scientific Technical Medical

Should Bing Attribute Their Search Results to Google?

Posted by David Rothschild on Feb 2, 2011 1:22:00 PM

google vs bing resized 600Google recently revealed some evidence that shows that Microsoft Bing  may be copying their search results.  


Tagged:  Technology