Zachery Kouwe resigned from his position at the New York Times this week after being caught lifting passages from other media outlets without attribution. According to one account, he told an editor that citing the source of reporting is no longer important. That’s an incredibly ethically ambivalent statement for any journalist — much less one working at the most prestigious paper in the United States.
A check of Kouwe’s resume discovers that he received a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado – Boulder. A check of their degree requirements finds that media ethics is an optional course. The university — and all journalism programs — should make ethics training a requirement, not an option.