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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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October 7, 2013 3:37 PM!

Attribution, Linking and Plagiarism Prevention Tips for Online Journalists

Robin Good's insight:

"Plagiarism is a firing offense. Don't: a) lift passages from other sources without attribution and link..." This is what read the first slide of a presentation deck published a few days back by Steve Buttry which goes on to list all of the situations where it's possible to run the risk of being accused of plagiarism,.

The presentation is an outline of tips for online journalists who have to deal daily with adding link references, providing credit and attribution and avoiding being accused of plagiarism.

Good advice not to be taken lightly.

Useful. 8/10

Original slide deck:

Rob Schneider's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:34 AM

Sharing because it's so important. I realized how important it was after forgetting to attribute a source to a photo. Plagiarism just plain sucks on all levels, but overlooking source attribution is bad manners at best.

FrancoisMagnan's curator insight, October 8, 2013 5:32 AM

Des conseils pour éviter le plagiat destinés aus journalistes comme à tous ceux qui écrivent régulièrement en ligne. Un rappel de bonnes pratiques.

Carlos Bisbal's curator insight, October 8, 2013 9:08 AM

Presentación en Slide publicada hace unos días por Steve Buttry que enumera todas las situaciones en las que es posible correr el riesgo de ser acusado de plagio.

La presentación es un resumen de consejos para periodistas online que tienen que lidiar a diario con la adición de enlaces de referencia, la concesión de créditos y la atribución de autoría y evitar ser acusados de plagio.

Un buen consejo que no debe tomarse a la ligera

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April 10, 2013 8:41 AM!

Attribution in Content Curation: Is a Link Good Enough?

Attribution in Content Curation: Is a Link Good Enough? | Content Curation World |

"The Blurry Line Between Plagiarism and Credit Attribution"

Robin Good's insight:

Mathew Ingram reports on about the blurry line existing between plagiarism and credit attribution when it comes to curating content.

He pinpoints the core issue perfectly: "The problem is that while adding hyperlinks is a great way of avoiding a charge of plagiarism — something that might have helped Fox News opinion writer Juan Williams and other alleged plagiarists — there is no accepted protocol for how or where to add those links, or how much content someone can cut and paste into their story or blog post without crossing the line from borrowing into plagiarism or copyright infringement."

And he also correctly notes:

"This is also the root of the controversy over what some call the “over-aggregation” by sites like The Huffington Post and Business Insider, where large chunks of stories from other sites — and in some cases, the entire story or post — is published, along with a “via” link somewhere at the bottom of the post. Other blogs, including The Verge and Engadget, have been criticized in the past for burying links to the original source of the content they reproduce, to try and disguise what they have borrowed."


"So it seems that when it comes to making use of someone else’s content, linking as a way of providing attribution and credit is enough — except when it isn’t."

Informative. Resourceful. 7/10

Full article:

(Image credit: Plagiarism - Shutterstock)

Laura Brown's comment, April 11, 2013 11:11 AM
@Ron - One of the things I like about content curation at is that the images are clickable to take you to the content. So are the headlines and the link is in small print too, listed as the source. So, there are three ways to get back to the source of the content. I try to do the same on my own sites when I curate content or reference someone else. I hadn't really thought about the link at the end of the post being more or less visible. But, I think you are right. It should stand out more than it often does.
Andreas Kuswara's comment, April 17, 2013 9:05 PM
maybe rather than placing the link at the bottom, instead placing it on the top. like, placing it straight next to the title.
Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, April 17, 2013 9:06 PM
interesting to ponder... just seems that copyright will remain problematic if not more in the future.