A few days ago CBC ran a marvelous audio interview with Kelly McBride, media ethicist at the Poynter Institute, about plagiarism. Whether or not plagiarism is more common now than in past, there has been an increase in high profile cases of plagiarism in the news. The rise of the internet complicates the picture considerably. The sheer number of sources available to plagiarize, combined with the speed of cutting and pasting, makes plagiarism more tempting for journalists, students, or anyone else who has to turn in text on a deadline. But search tools also makes it easier to get caught.
The interesting thing about the interview with McBride is that it approaches the issue from the perspective of the ethics of working journalism in the current world.
Every journalist or editor can benefit from the information in this interview, but I think non-journalists with an interest in the media can learn a lot from it too.