Being truthful is one of the most important parts of journalism because everyone reading the article is trusting you to give them factual and accurate information. “If the public doesn’t believe what it’s getting from the news media, there’s not much point to the news business,” said Philip Seib, Nieman Chair and journalism professor. If a journalist is caught fabricating or plagiarizing nobody is going to believe his future stories and it will ruin the reputation of the magazine.
Plagirism can also ruin a career. “Attribution is the difference between research and plagiarism,” said Steven Butry. Not citing your sources can lead to huge problems in the future, you can not just blame sloppiness and hope to get away with it.