A Matter of Trust: Plagiarism, Fake Sources and Paradigm Repair in the Danish News Media

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Resumé

In 2015 two major journalistic scandals hit the Danish news media. One was a plagiarism scandal in which a freelance foreign correspondent was found to have plagiarized parts of the stories she had filed from other international news media. The other scandal involved a sports journalist who was found to have invented a large number of the sources that were quoted in his stories and had made up false co-bylines. In a time of diminishing trust in the news media (Blach-Ørsten & Burkal, 2013; Reuters, 2016) these scandals represented a significant and acute credibility problem for the news media that were affected. Using paradigm repair theory this paper analyses which strategies the affected news media employed to re-instore trust in their journalism, and thus in the traditional news paradigm, as quickly as possible. Like previous studies on paradigm repair (Bennet et al, 1975; Hackett, 1984; Hindman, 2005), we find that the Danish news media tried to distance themselves from the journalists involved in the scandals and describe them as ‘bad apples’ (Cecil, 2002). But, in both scandals, we also find that the Danish news media went to great lengths to investigate the accusations, document the transgressions and in the end, also accepted some of the responsibility for having allowed the scandals to take place to begin with.
In 2015 two major journalistic scandals hit the Danish news media. One was a plagiarism scandal in which a freelance foreign correspondent was found to have plagiarized parts of the stories she had filed from other international news media. The other scandal involved a sports journalist who was found to have invented a large number of the sources that were quoted in his stories and had made up false co-bylines. In a time of diminishing trust in the news media (Blach-Ørsten & Burkal, 2013; Reuters, 2016) these scandals represented a significant and acute credibility problem for the news media that were affected. Using paradigm repair theory this paper analyses which strategies the affected news media employed to re-instore trust in their journalism, and thus in the traditional news paradigm, as quickly as possible. Like previous studies on paradigm repair (Bennet et al, 1975; Hackett, 1984; Hindman, 2005), we find that the Danish news media tried to distance themselves from the journalists involved in the scandals and describe them as ‘bad apples’ (Cecil, 2002). But, in both scandals, we also find that the Danish news media went to great lengths to investigate the accusations, document the transgressions and in the end, also accepted some of the responsibility for having allowed the scandals to take place to begin with.

Konference

KonferenceThe Future of Journalism 2017
Nummer6
LokationCardiff University
LandStorbritannien
ByCardiff
Periode14/09/201715/09/2017

Citer dette

Blach-Ørsten, M., Hartley, J. M., & Wittchen, M. B. (2017). A Matter of Trust: Plagiarism, Fake Sources and Paradigm Repair in the Danish News Media. Afhandling præsenteret på The Future of Journalism 2017, Cardiff, Storbritannien.
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Blach-Ørsten, M, Hartley, JM & Wittchen, MB 2017, 'A Matter of Trust: Plagiarism, Fake Sources and Paradigm Repair in the Danish News Media' Paper fremlagt ved The Future of Journalism 2017, Cardiff, Storbritannien, 14/09/2017 - 15/09/2017, .

A Matter of Trust : Plagiarism, Fake Sources and Paradigm Repair in the Danish News Media. / Blach-Ørsten, Mark; Hartley, Jannie Møller; Wittchen, Maria Bendix.

2017. Afhandling præsenteret på The Future of Journalism 2017, Cardiff, Storbritannien.

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