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December 01, 2006

Ethics In Journalism? – Not Really at Columbia University

Posted in: Bizarre,Crime,Media

Cheating_studentsOne would think that aspiring reporters from Columbia University would work very hard to learn the real life ethics of being a reporter. Maybe they are just emulating their peers in the field way too well. As it seems that news stories these days are a colluded, diluted, and sullied by political viewpoints mess, so does the efforts by these Columbia University students, on an ethics exam!

These graduate students look like they are ready for their  journalism degrees as they have been caught cheating on an ethics exam by a whistleblower.  You have to love the irony of the situation.

Columbia University officials are lowering the boom on some graduate journalism students suspected of cheating on, of all things, an ethics exam.
The J-schoolers’ alleged lapse on the final was reported yesterday by Radar Online.
The exam in question consisted of two essay questions to be completed in 90 minutes any time during a 36-hour period.
Students who took the test early were instructed to avoid discussing the questions with those planning to take it later, but the warning was ignored.
One honorable young scholar got wind of what happened and blew the whistle, sources said.
Vice Dean David Klatell told students in an e-mail that there had been a “serious problem” with the final and ordered them to attend a special session of the class “Critical Issues in Journalism” today – or fail. via the New York Daily

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