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Megan Gehrke

Megan Gehrke, MATC student, poses with the latest issue of STC’s Intercom magazine.

Megan Gehrke, M.A. in Technical Communication Student, Publishes Article in Intercom
Megan Gehrke’s column, entitled “The ‘Cover Up’ of Common Knowledge,” was published in the latest edition of STC’s Intercom magazine. The piece is a case study and reflective analysis of the ethics of citation practices and plagiarism in the technical communication workplace.

As Gehrke writes, plagiarism is “not a one-time mistake, but rather a consistent lack of regard for ethical documentation practices.” Unfortunately, as she has discovered, plagiarism in the workplace is not uncommon. As she points out, it goes well beyond “the ivory tower and academia,” and it’s a concern that has far-reaching consequences, “costing companies and technical communicators business, customer faith, and professional reputation.”

Gehrke wrote an earlier version of the case for Dr. Russell Willerton’s ENGL 514 Ethics in Technical Communication class in Spring 2016.

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