[ASC-list] Tracking lazy journalism

Charles Willock charlesw at cse.unsw.EDU.AU
Thu Feb 24 11:16:45 UTC 2011


... following a post on the Forensic Linguistics list ...

The Media Standards Trust has launched a website to sniff out journalists
who cut and paste press releases:

  http://mediastandardstrust.org/blog/ladies-and-gentleman-please-start-your-churn-engines/
  http://churnalism.com/

FWIW, their 15 character minimum requirement isn't sufficient to guarantee 
tracking uniqueness, but with a little care, searching for a slightly 
longer string -- especially one containing a relatively low-frequency word
(play with Google to determine which are low frequency strings **) should be
quite fruitful.

Not sure how extensive their search is yet ...

HtH,
Charlesw


** - Olsson J [2004], 'Forensic Linguistics' Continuum.  (Ch.8 Plagiarism)


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