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Masaryk University: Plagiarists beware! Our new program will hunt you down

In Education & Science on June 24, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , ,

muMasaryk Univesity in Brno has become a pioneer when it comes to fighting plagiarism. A while ago it introduced a program that can identify parts of texts that students have copied from previous works handed in at the university. Now it introduced a new web-based program called Odevzdej.cz (“Hand it in”) that goes even deeper, the iDNES.cz news server wrote.

The original program was called Theses and it could detect plagiarism in, well, theses. But the school officials found out that students cheat in minor works most often, the server wrote. However, the system will not recognize the entire Internet contents. It is impossible, MU experts say. According to TV Nova the system can check the authenticity before the assignment is handed in: students just copy their text into the system and their teachers receive an e-mail stating whether any part of the particular thesis has been “borrowed”…

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New anchor: big tits, blond hair, no experience

In Entertainment,Media on December 12, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , ,

newsI said it before and I will say it again, people who run TV Nova’s news department are dilettantes.

They were looking for a new female news anchor for the evening news broadcast to replace one who started her maternity leave. They could have hired an experienced journalist from Czech Television, or they could have rewarded a field reporter of their own and give her the second chair. No.

And they picked THIS.

She is 23. She has no news reporting experience and she is, among other things, soap opera actress. According to her contract she can retain her soap opera job.

TV Nova’s news broadcast might be popular in terms of viewer numbers and ratings, but it does not mean it is good and that it strives for professional journalism. A manager who hires a soap opera star to anchor what they call unbiased journalism must have a very twisted previous experience.

Or they should be honest with their viewers and say: we know she ain’t a journalist. But her blond hair and tits will make the bad news look better. Credibility, you say? What is that? There.

TV Nova has a history of hiring hot chicks with no decent journalism background. Its other news anchor is a former beauty pageant finalist. Former meaning a few years ago, again, with no field reporter experience, just some extremely short internship.

I wonder what CNN viwers would do if the station fired Anderson Cooper and replaced him with a busty blond researcher or tape girl.

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Murphy’s Law Of Off-Duty Journalists

In Media,Personal on January 29, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

A couple of crazy things happened to me recently that can be briefly summarized under five new Murphy’s laws…Here goes… 

  • You buy a huge camera and you take it everywhere you go, just in case you witness  a World Press Photo situation. Of course you witness it the one time you leave the camera at home to take a walk with your girlfriend.
  • Most situations in which you have to flash your press ID during your day-off occur two minutes after you finish grocery shopping and you walk home with two heavy bags, wearing your jogging clothes.
  • When waiting for a person you want to briefly speak with they always take the other exit than the one you have been standing at for the last two hours because it is the exit the person usually takes.
  • Everytime you hesitate with some tough question at a press conference, there is always the last-question-please call seconds before you finally decide that the next call will be you.
  • As soon as you decided to stop dating journalists, you start meeting women who say they don’t care what is on the news and who only read weekend supplements of Saturday tabloid paper.

The last one is particularly troubling :)) 

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