Based off Chapter 3 in my PR book about legal hassles and avoiding plagiarism, I am here to offer you some websites I found that give very insightful information about things to avoid in journalism.
First off, from the Council of Writing Program Administrators, is an article entitled, “Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices,” available at http://www.wpacouncil.org/node/9. It describes plagiarism as, “ a multifaceted and ethically complex problem…[occurring] when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledg ing its source.” This article goes on to talk about the what causes plagiarism, failure to use documented sources appropriately, and how to take action where plagiarism may have taken place.
Five Types of Plagiarism, available in document form here : http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/lobo/lessonplans/14_fivetypes.doc
Also, from Cornell University Library, brush up on your AP Style Citation formats, at: http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/apa
And of course, any of your basic plagiarism questions can be answered at http://www.plagiarism.org/.
Hope you all can find this information useful! :o)