For the record, the thoughts and opinions on this site, are strictly my own - and although I never pursued Journalism as a field of work, nor do I passionately write on the regular but I will say this, I never forgot the rules.
1. NEVER EVER copy someone elses' work. Not even for fun or a joke. You may use reference and obviously give credit where it is due, but NEVER take someones' stuff and make it your own. It's just pathetic and sad and truthfully it's stupid as hell. It just shows laziness and the inability to do something. It happens ALL the time.
2. Always know what you are talking about. Don't make things up. Making things up causes problems..
3. always stay current, know what's happening in the world and around you, you don't have to know everything about everything but just enough that you can have qualitative conversation with multiple levels of individuals.
There are many more, but the fundamentals above basically are like 'rhetorical' in a sense yet somehow, people can't remember that? I get a high school kid trying to scam on an essay (in which they actually check those as well for copyright infringement...) but grown adults? Corporations? What is this world coming to, where's your sense of self-worth and honour -silly dinks!
Anyways, that's not really the reason why I was writing today. IT was just a random rant I wanted to add...I just wanted to share this video:
iPhone 5 Prank! (courtesy of huffington post/youtube)