Former A&M Journalism Instructor Admits to Plagiarism

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A University of Missouri-Columbia journalism professor will no longer write a weekly newspaper column after admitting to plagiarizing material from a student reporter.

Professor John Merrill also wrote a Sunday column for the Columbia Missourian, a community newspaper affiliated with the school.

But his November 4th column about Missouri's women's and gender studies program used three quotes and other phrases taken from an October 5th article in The Maneater. That's an independent student newspaper.

Merrill is a former director of the Louisiana State University journalism school and has also taught at Northwestern State, Texas A&M, Maryland, Virginia, California State-Long Beach and the University of North Carolina.

In a letter to Missourian editors, Merrill apologized for what he called "unintentional plagiarism."