Is copy-paste ruining the journalism profession?
By Raja Shafqat Sheikh
In this modern era of technology everyone in the field of private and government sectors feels easier to do work without spending his time taking an advantage of internet. Taking help from other associates is another thing but copying the style of others is menace in society. Taking a look on western culture everyone wants to travel on same track.
Like the other fields of working in society, Copying has taken its first position.
In the field of Journalism that is called as 4th pillar of democracy has losing its ground as the copy and paste journalists are waiting for same.
The information technology age has made it easier for people to copy and paste works then regard it as their own.
A lot of people active on social networking sites simply copy and paste content updated by others on their own site is copy pasted by others using their own names and murdering the 4th pillar of democracy in Democratic India .
Calling them CRAP (Copy Rewrite And Post) journalists.
Copy pasting is a criminal offense and erring journalists shall be treated with iron hands.
Copy paste discourages research and promotes laziness to think of new ideas.
It is not wrong to go on social networking sites of others but what is wrong is to copy that information of other and paste into ones blog as your own.
Numbers of social networking sites users have since become copy and paste journalists that creates a black spot on democratic pillar. Copy paste journalists had became hub of corruption as the same on telephonic calls and other means of communications the same introduce themselves as Bureau Chief, Special Correspondent and other designations in field of journalism is question mark for information department of state.
They wait for the real story , update of other journalists to gain the credit on their own name .
Not only in field of journalism, Students get assignments and paste answers from forums of their
subject also hoping the lecturer had not come across that particular answer in that particular forum.
This creates a problem where we cap people who have insufficient knowledge in their field of working. The real test comes when they cannot apply knowledge.
Witnessing the same in various sectors, Copy paste had reached on peak as the 4th pillar of democracy is menace to society.
Viewing the value of journalist in society, a real journalist is bridge between poor masses and administration to reach out the cause of poor masses on ground without any caste, creed, colour and religions . Unfortunately Copy paste journalist had become murderer of democracy in society as poor masses feel themselves unsafe from “CRAP “Copy Rewrite and Paste Journalists.
Every one in society is unsafe from copy paste journalists as they misuse the power of 4th pillar of democracy and people living in society feel unsafe.
The quality of our
professionals is compromised to create the stories before they go to the sites and copy the information to their sites hoping of course that their readership has not seen the same story where they took it. The bottom line is you were not called to be writers, try other things, unless of cause your calling is to be a CRAP journalist in which case
you are doing quite well. Scholars penalizes for duplicate content because they are in a constant move to promote quality content. They would like their first page results to be from rich websites that provide their
users quality. I applaud them for that effort. They have really worked a milestone. Any content creator knows how it feels when someone just copies and pastes your hard work.
Prefer to give you one blog post of real evidence and articles gains the knowledge of one who uses his own mind of thinking to write and encourage any of readers that may be engaged in such embarrassing practices to refrain from them.
(The author is State Secretary All India Reporter’s Association J&K / Member of JK against corruption and can be reached at:firstname.lastname@example.org, contact numbers: +91-9419974577, 09018920786)