Journalism

May 9, 2013

Uni launches investigation into pranking academic

Sydney University is probing how one of its academics came to instruct students to plant phony stories in a rival university newspaper.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has launched an investigation into a controversial assignment requiring students to plant fake stories in the University of New South Wales’ student newspaper Tharunka.

Crikey yesterday revealed students taking the subject Media Politics were instructed to “design and execute a false story that you attempt to get published in the UNSW student newspaper”. The assignment was worth 25% of their final grade.

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