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Detect Plagiarism at Gawker Media

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Good artists borrow. Bad journalists steal.

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Given the rates of pay and general level of professionalism amongst Gawker writers, it seems highly unlikely that they haven't engaged in that great journalistic sin of plagiarism.

Investigate the Gawker Media corpus and try to find significant amounts of copying long phrases or entire paragraphs.

Plagiarism is a unique offense. Journalists can often get away with drunkenness, addictions, and violence without career damage but plagiarism tends to stick to them.

Plagiarism isn't a crime and usually doesn't rise to the level of a lawsuit-worthy copyright violation, so it has to be enforced by informal social means among journalists. This means a plagiarism incident tends to be highly damaging at the least to the journalist's career in question.

Plagiarism quite clear to prove, and it involves invading no one's privacy. It just takes diligence and persistence to find the source.

Documented evidence of substantial passage or passages published on a Gawker Media website without attribution that can be show to be previously published elsewhere by another writer. That is, unquestionable evidence of plagiarism on the part of a Gawker Media writer.

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