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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Did Any of You Ever Make Up Stories?

Like so many good things, the following link comes from Romenesko's daily Poynter email. It's an anonymous first-person account supposedly by a Canadian journalism school dropout who says (you all recall how I would never let you say "claims") that she got A's by making up story after story after story.

Anything like this ever happen at USF during your time here? Any suggestions on how we should try to make sure it doesn't happen? Should we bother?

I do recall all those Foghorn stories where reporters kept coming back to the same source -- who often turned out to be roommates or significant others. But I always liked to think the quotes were accurate even though the sources were "tame."

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