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Learning Objectives Covered

  1. Format text in a document
  2. Format paragraphs in a document


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In our discussion this week, we will explore why it is worth both our time and effort to learn why we need to cite and reference correctly. We will also discuss the nature of plagiarism and how to use APA style to correctly cite and reference to protect the intellectual property of others. As in week 1, the citation and reference will not be graded; however, we strongly encourage you to add one to your post as a learning opportunity.

When students or employees are assigned research-based writing for their courses or jobs, the task of correctly citing and referencing information they have obtained from others often seems to be a waste of time. However, bad referencing is a very common way students and employees get themselves into trouble or dismissed from their schools or jobs.

Jayson Blair Tragedy

We will be discussing the Jayson Blair Tragedy as an example for academic referencing. Please watch this video first:

Jayson Blair: the former New York Times Journalist (4:26) (Links to an external site.)

Dean David Rubin of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications documents how former New York Times journalist, Jayson Blair, was caught falsifying and stealing information from journalists of other papers. A word of wisdom from Dean Rubin, “If you develop bad habits at the school, then those bad habits will follow you into the workplace” (Mason & Rubin, 2011). The New York Times article stated, “The reporter, Jayson Blair, 27, misled readers and Times colleagues with dispatches that purported to be from Maryland, Texas and other states, when often he was far away, in New York. He fabricated comments. He concocted scenes. He lifted material from other newspapers and wire services. He selected details from photographs to create the impression he had been somewhere or seen someone, when he had not” (Barry, et al., 2003).

Sample Citations

Video – (Mason & Rubin, 2011)

Article – (Barry, et al., 2003)


Barry, D., Barstow, D., Glater, J.D., Liptak, A., Steinbergm J., Delaquérière A. & Wilder. C. (May 11, 2003). Correcting the record; Times reporter who resigned leaves long trail of deception. The New York Times. P. 24. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Mason, M. & Rubin D. (May 9, 2011). Jayson Blair: the former New York Times Journalist. S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Retrieved from

Why do we Cite and Reference?

When writing assignments for your studies, academic papers outlining our research or reports for work, you need to highlight your use of other author’s ideas and words so that you:

  • Give the original author credit for their own ideas and work
  • Validate your arguments
  • Enable the reader to follow up on the original work if they wish to
  • Enable the reader to see how dated the information might be
  • Prove to your tutors/lecturers that you have read around the subject
  • Avoid plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

  • Presenting another person’s ideas as if they are your own – either directly or indirectly
  • Copying or pasting text and images without saying where they came from
  • Not showing when a quote is a quote
  • Summarizing information without showing the original source
  • Changing a few words in a section of text without acknowledging the original author

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Sample Citation

(, 2015)

Reference (2015). Academic referencing. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)

Please watch the short video below for step by step instructions on how to complete the week 2 discussion.

Week 2 Discussion (16:45)

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Discussion Scenario: Called into Work

You have been procrastinating writing your initial post for this week’s discussion question and it is now approaching 8 pm on Wednesday night. You have opened up your discussion prompt and were beginning to write a post when your boss calls telling you to come in immediately because your co-worker has not shown up for work. What do you do? How do you handle this situation? Please select one of the following scenarios:

  • Write a shorter post to get it in on time
  • Write full post tomorrow and take the 20% deduction
  • Copy from the internet and cite the best you can

In your initial post of 150+ words, discuss which option above you would choose and why you think it is the best scenario. Include one APA “in-text citation” and one APA formatted reference at the end (you may copy them from above). Your initial and reply posts should work to develop a group understanding of this topic. Challenge each other. Always be respectful but discuss this and figure it out together.

Reply Requirements

Per the Due Dates and Participation Requirements for this course, you must submit 1 main post of 150+ words, 1 APA citation, and reference, as well as

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