There is one thing that all Journalists and Public Relations professionals want to try to avoid. That is plagiarism. If you look at my comments for the chapter about legal hassles, you will see that I talked a lot about how important it is for us to know how to avoid legal issues.
Buffalo State Univeristy actually has some great tips on how to avoid plagiarism for Public Relations practitioners and Journalists.
Tip #1- Take Good Notes
Make sure you know what information you want and need. With that, make a list of potential sources. Always include attribute information with notes. If you don’t get the information you need or the correct name of your source, you will be more compelled to plagiarize.
Tip #2- Give Yourself Enough Writing Time
Having extra time to write will give you the opportunity to make sure your writing is concise and accurate. Also, you may catch areas where you incorrectly attribute something. It is really important to proofread.
Tip #3- Attribute ALL Sources
Make sure you present information from a source other than yourself. If you receive the information from a website, a book or other various sources you need to source that information. You also need to access what kind of attribution you need. The information you write may only need the source named, or you may need a direct quote.
Check out the website if you want to read more.
Here is a youtube video on how to avoid plagiarism.
Remember plagiarism is a problem that some people may not be worried about. BUT you should. You can easily plagiarize after reading a blog or a book. Make sure you cite your sources even if you paraphrase it. If you are serious about any profession in the media field, you need to make sure your familiar with attribution.