Recent Reads: LA Times, plagiarism, Wi-Fi

Recently, I have been happening upon quite a few interesting articles. I haven’t had the time to write about each of them individually, so I have decided to put them together in one post. Each will get a mention, so let’s get right down to it.

Leaving the LA Times

Dan Neil recently decided to leave the Los Angeles Times. He wrote a passionate post about how he loves the paper. It is an inspiring piece about not giving up on journalism, especially print journalism, in the face of the immense changes the newspaper industry is facing.

“I absolutely love this newspaper and I am immensely proud of my association with it. People who talk shit about the LA Times to me are going to find me in their grille in a major way,” he wrote. “It’s been a rough few years here, mainly because of the jackasses in Chicago who own us. To them I say, with as much gusto as I can muster in an email, fuck you.”

That’s passion. I love it.

NY Times reporter caught plagiarizing

Plagiarism is a deadly sin in the world of journalism. Still, people do it, even at the most prestigious of news outlets such as The New York Times.

Zachery Kouwe

The last notable reporter at The Times was Jayson Blair. He’s old news now, though. There is a new person earning The Times a black eye.

His name is Zachery Kouwe, and he got caught got copying a Wall Street Journal “article published online hours before” he published his own piece, The Times reported.

This genius didn’t do it just once, though. On Monday Time’s said “Kouwe had copied passages from Wall Street Journal and Reuters articles, and used them ‘in a number’ of his articles and in blog posts, without attribution.”

An exact number of instances of plagiarism was not reported.

This guy is lazy and worthless. He gives journalism a bad name, and I hope no other newspaper hires him ever again.

Arizona bus has Wi-Fi

The New York Times recently reported something pretty cool.

There is a school district in Arizona that has installed Wi-Fi, or wireless Internet, on one of their school buses.

School officials in the story said the new-age tweak on the traditional bus ride to alleviate the strain on the students of riding buses for hours at a time.

Also, it made the teens riding the bus be calmer and get more homework done.

Isn’t technology cool?

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