New Brighton Student Newspaper
New Brighton School District launched an online student newspaper this year. It’s nice to see the effort, but looks like they’ve been playing kind of fast and loose with copyright laws:
Seems like a lot of rewrites from other publications and posting of photos garnered from third-party news sites, all without attribution.
Need to be careful about that kiddos!
It is an amateurish publication, as one might expect, but it doesn’t have to be. Plagiarism and copyright infringement are cheap thrills of the novice that are almost always discovered. The “Monty Python” review author could use a little Medieval political and literary education to hone up on his understanding and appreciation of the satirical film, and the banal statements in the “nun” article were feeble attempts at originality and on a level with personal diary entries.
The ultimate accountability for the publication resides with the adviser/sponsor who proofs and approves the submissions. Too often, “anything goes” is found in student publications, but it is a disservice to students to let them think that their every word is sacrosanct. Set the bar high now, use the red pen or delete key, and the publication might have a chance, especially if it is posted online for all of the public to read. People will take them seriously, if they are serious about the effort themselves.
Nice try, but no cigar.
Compare the original January 9th KDKA Dorian Dietz molestation article below to the student ‘The Pride Post’ article about the same incident. The entire article was not lifted from the site, but the same word usage and the revised sentence structures are evident. In my opinion, this is poorly disguised plagiarism, and I believe that the same approach was used in other articles in the publication. Time to take a few steps backwards, kids, and get it right. It’s not the way to start out. No “Pride” here. If a local newspaper did this, the editors would be having a serious discussion about copyrights. Again, who is the sponsor/adviser? If it is a journalism class, this stuff should be basic.
From ‘The Pride Post':
Ambridge Man Accused of Molesting 9 Year-Old Girl
Dorian Dietz, a 41 year old Ambridge resident was accused of sexually assaulting a 9 year old girl. Dorian admitted to molesting the child several times in the confines of her home. Dorian had been living with the girl and her father for sometime; ever since his girlfriend broke up with him and he needed a place to stay.
Dorian befriended the victim’s father and was allowed to live with them until he was ready to move out, though it had been over a year and he remained with them. When interviewed by the police, Dorian broke down and apologized several times throughout the interview. Dorian claimed he tried to comfort the girl and things went too far, ending with him molesting her. Dorian now faces a $100,000 bond. (Sources? Was the reporter there?)
Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Beaver Co. Girl
Dorian Dietz, 41, allegedly molested the child on several occasions inside her home in Ambridge.
Police say he lived in the same house as the girl and her father.
“Mr. Dietz and his girlfriend split up and he needed a place to stay,” said Ambridge Police Chief James Mann. “The victim’s father befriended him and said, ‘You can stay with us for a while until you get your feet on the ground.’ Well, one thing led to another and this went on for like a year. He was just like a friend they let stay with them cause he didn’t have anywhere else to stay.”
Dietz reportedly apologized during interviews with police.
“After approximately an hour and 20 minutes, Mr. Dietz was very remorseful and apologetic and he confessed to all allegations that were filed against him by the 9-year-old female victim,” Chief Mann said.
He is facing charges of indecent assault of a child and corrupting a minor.
“He knew he said it was wrong and he thought he was trying to comfort the girl, but it just went too far,” Chief Mann said.
Dietz is being held on a $100,000 bond.avi on: Jan 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm #134335
Why are you even talking about a high school news paper? That’s really really creepy.
If you see a problem, call the school & give them advice. Don’t put he kids on blast on your blog. It makes me wonder if the writers of “The Pride Post” are more mature then the writer of “The sheriff witch huntian”
@raven get off your high horse! What a 16 year old doesn’t understand English satirical humor enough for you? Seriously? You should be ashamed of yourself!
“Creepy”?! Perhaps to you, avi, although I don’t have a clue about your meaning. That word is just a popular put-down catch-all to avoid real insight. As said before, the paper was “published” online for the public. That takes it out of the high school class experiment realm. These “kids” know EXACTLY what they are doing, and so does the class teacher who advises them. Revising the writing in the original copied articles takes planning and thought, although it is done poorly. They are one year before college. And the college professors who await them don’t care if they are teenagers, cheerleaders, class officers, football stars, rubes or children of the local name brand families. When they cheat in college classes, they will fail, at best. At worst, they will get kicked out. Better to call them on it now than to let that happen.
And the satirical humor? If such is true, tell high schools to stop students from reading “Gulliver’s Travels” or “Don Quixote” or “Animal Farm” and stop kids from writing satires about teachers and staff members that make up part of every high school publication.
This matter is not only about New Brighton’s paper; it is about almost every other high school paper published. You are on thin ice, avi, for you clearly don’t know know what you are talking about.
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