Posted by Dan L. on July 8th, 2014
Hey, someone stole my idea for an anti-plagiarism contest!
So how’s your summer going so far? Mine’s been pretty good. Earlier this month me and and a friend took a last minute road trip to Detroit. No, I’m not kidding. It was actually way more fun than I expected. We went to the Henry Ford museum, ate lots of coney dogs, visited that crappy pawn shop from Pawn Stars, cruised down 8 Mile, took a tour of the original Motown studio and gaped at dozens and dozens of perfectly fine but completely abandoned homes and office buildings. The only part of the trip that sucked was our side-excursion to Windsor, Ontario. I’ve always heard that Windsor is supposed to be Canada’s party-central but it turns out that the city is filled with 20 year old Americans who want to drink legally. We did get to cash in some Canadian quarters and we used the money to buy lots of Poutine so at least the trip wasn’t a total waste.
Now that I’m back and now that the 4th of July is behind me, I’m rip-roarin’ and ready to start shooting some video contest entries. I haven’t shot a contest video all summer so I should probably ease back into things with a something simple and fun. Fortunately Project ED is running three, very nice video contests right now. Each has 2 top prizes of $1,000. Oh maybe I should enter the “Don’t Plagiarize Me, Bro!” contest” Longtime fans of VCN will know that I freaking despise plagiarism. I’ve been ripped off a few times and I used to see a good number of plagiarized video contest entries. But times have changed and that almost never happens any more. Project ED is asking filmmakers to create videos that define plagiarism in 90 seconds or less. I hope to Glob that all you guys already know what constitutes plagiarism but just in case you don’t, here’s a quick refresher from Project ED:
Plagiarism (verb): using another person’s words or ideas without crediting the original source.
Examples of plagiarism, provided by www.plagiarism.org:
Turning in someone else’s work as your own
Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
Changing words by copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
Copying so many words or ideas from source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
Yes, I did copy and paste that information from Project ED’s website and they copied and pasted from Plagiarism.org. But we all cited our sources so this doesn’t count as plagiarism. Hey wait a second….a blogger copying some definitions of plagiarism without citing his sources would actually be a funny topic for a contest entry. I think I might shoot that idea. Hey you better not try and steal it!
Here are all of Project ED’s current video and GIF contests:
Don’t Plagiarize me, Bro! video contest: Top Prize: $1,000
Independent & Dependent Clauses video contest: Top Prize: $1,000
The Doctor will See You Now video contest: Top Prize: $200
Globetrotters and Jet Setters video contest: Top Prize: $1,000