Lincoln University speaker cites authors without attribution

5 years 3 days 11 hours ago Monday, May 25 2015 May 25, 2015 Monday, May 25, 2015 10:51:26 AM CDT May 25, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A newspaper reports parts of a Lincoln University commencement speaker's speech were without attribution.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports Atlanta-based motivational speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud quoted or paraphrased at least eight others during the May 16 commencement.

Russell-McCloud did not respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press or the newspaper.

University President Kevin Rome said credit for ideas should be given even in speeches, but doesn't believe the intent was to "deceive" students.

University of Missouri media law professor Sandy Davidson said lack of attribution is a "form of intellectual theft."

Russell-McCloud used similar or identical phrasing from passages by Mark Twain and poet Berton Braley.

 

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