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SPJ's Wall of Shame
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I spoke at an SPJ regional recently at the University of South Carolina, and the students gave me a little poster about liars, plagiarists and other cheats who have dishonored journalism. At the bottom it admonishes me, "Don't be the next."

Well, that's nice.

You know many of the names on the poster, so I won't repeat them.

The thing I found interesting was the frequency with which people made the list:

2005, 8
2004, 2
2003, 2
2002, 1
1999, 1
1998, 2
1995, 1
1981, 1

It's one of those puzzles: Are we getting more corrupt, or are we just getting better at finding it? Or, maybe the list, journalism-style, keyed on what was newest.

The poster reminded me that the Web makes it easier than ever for people to plagiarize -- and easier than ever for it to be detected.

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