Nada Behziz: The Copy CatBy: Christian Babinsky, Zaira Brusola, Nick Nores, and Jonathan Tate
Who:Nada Behziz● 25 year old reporter and first year as the health writer for The Californian of Bakersfield● Journalism degree from SF State University● Many prestigious awards● 7 years of experience and an internship for Investigative Reporting in the SF area
What:● Fired for multiple cases:-plagiarized quote from teen smoking article-potential fabrication-Californian Investigation found 29 otherpieces containing plagiarism-attributed plagiarized quotes
Where/ When● In Bakersfield California● The Newspaper Building● October 17, 2005
Why:● Californian investigation shows more than 1/3 contain plagiarized material● Factual errors where peoples existence couldnt be verified- including seven physicians and a UCLA professor● "Presented other reporters work as her own"● Potential fabrication of stories
Bottom line:● Reporters have to deliver the truth● Behziz work may have been true, but it was copied● Ruined aspirations in becoming a reporter● You have to acknowledge other peoples workAfter her scandal, Behziz has not been heardof since - apparently hasnt worked injournalism
Extra details:“Work from major newspapers such as the New YorkTimes and Los Angeles Times show up in Behziz’splagiarized stories” -Gretchen Wenner from Bakersfield.com Behziz’s comment: “This is a witch hunt. Too bad yournews organization is not this vigilant in pursing truewrongdoers.”
Works Cited:"Top 10 Plagiarism Scandals of All Time." Online Classes.N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2012. <http://www.onlineclasses.org/2009/10/21/top-10-plagiarism-scandals-of-all-time/>."Narcissistic Views on News/Politics." : Nada Behziz Backin the News. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2012. <http://rpv.blogspot.com/2005/11/nada-behziz-back-in-news.html>.