Journalism: What are the differences between slander, libel, and plagiarism? Students need to realize that creative writing and news reporting are not friends. The styles and the responsibilities are different.

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Slander is, essentially, when a person tells malicious lies about another person (verbally). There are all sorts of technical details as to what lies would and would not be slander, but this is the basic idea.

Libel is the same as slander, except here the lies are written and not spoken.  Once again, there are many details, such as the fact that it is very hard for a public figure to win a libel suit in the US.

Plagiarism has nothing to do with these.  It is when you copy significant parts of (in this case) a news article without attributing it to its rightful author.

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