The New Journalism

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Columbia, home of the premier school of the journalism world. Also home, according to reports, of graduate journalism school students who cheat on an ethics examination. You read that right, cheating on an ethics test.

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.

The order applies only to the Friday morning section. The evening section is exempt.

It was unclear how many students could be affected.

I haven't really been overly impressed with a lot of the journalism that exists today, but this is even worse than usual When I went to college, this sort of thing was so rare that it was a huge scandal when it happened. And just about everybody, including friends of those caught, really looked down on the offenders. (I can only remember it happening once and the student in question was expelled summarily. I don't remember anyone ever defending him, either.)

I haven't really been overly impressed with a lot of the journalism that exists today, but this is even worse than usual When I went to college, this sort of thing was so rare that it was a huge scandal when it happened. And just about everybody, including friends of those caught, really looked down on the offenders. (I can only remember it happening once and the student in question was expelled summarily. I don't remember anyone ever defending him, either.)

UPDATE: The NYT has also picked this one up – not a good thing for Columbia, I suspect. Best of all, they reveal that the class was a "pass-fail" with no real grade. What in heck possessed these people?

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2 Responses to The New Journalism

  1. Bleepless says:

    Oh, the irony! Oh, my heart!

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