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Hennessy to resign as Stanford president

Original post made on Jun 11, 2015

After more than 15 years as president of Stanford University, John L. Hennessy announced June 11 that he plans to step down. He will depart his post in summer 2016, after serving in major academic leadership roles at Stanford for more than two decades.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 11, 2015, 10:17 PM

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Posted by JS
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2015 at 11:35 pm

Congratulations to President Hennesey for a job well done. Leading a major University for a long period with many, many successes is no small achievement. Congratulations also to Provost Etchemendy for his outstanding contributions and leadership.

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Posted by Wow!
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 12, 2015 at 9:41 am

I'm not sure why the Palo Alto Weekly takes credit for writing this story since the bulk of it is copied word for word from the story issued by Stanford's news service. Even though your article credits the source, you also lift entire sections and then give "The Palo Alto Weekly Staff" credit for writing it. It's really pretty shoddy journalism. Anyone who has taken Jounalism 101 knows this one of the biggest NO-NO's a newspaper can commit.

Here's Stanford's version:Web Link

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Posted by not a real newspaper
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 12, 2015 at 10:01 am

Nice catch, wow. The weekly deletes postings when others do it. Isn't this called plagarism in the real world? Someone should report thia to the organization that bestows all the awards that the weekly lives to crow about

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Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Jun 12, 2015 at 10:39 am

The credits mention Stanford News Service as the source.

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Posted by Wow!
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm

@Chris The Weekly staff added Stanford News Service only after it was noted that they copied whole chunks of the story from the News Service story. Once they were caught it was an easy way to fix it, but they were trying to pawn it off as their own work. I'm not even sure why they credit The Weekly Staff as they changed very little of the original news story sent out by Stanford. Why not give full credit to Stanford News Service? This is really shoddy journalism. I would think that given how significant Stanford is to Palo Alto, they would be able to cobble together their own story. They didn't even post a story until five hours after Stanford announced the news and there is nothing in that story that is original journalism. Could there at least be some original sourcing with reaction from people who are involved with Stanford?

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Posted by it's called a placed story!
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 12, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Some posters here are apparently unfamiliar with PR. Stanford has a major PR operation. They LIKE it when they place a story to their specifications somewhere. Word for word running of an excerpt of a news release is FINE! PR agents and in house PR personnel at many establishments attempt to feed stories to the media. Some news media just run what they are fed - it isn't that unusual. That counts as a win for the PR agent or staffer. They keep track.
It is also true new media do better service to their readers - the public - when they provide journalism rather than placed stories. They should go beyond the news release or fed info. Never mind that the naive public, particularly young people, believe anything written on the internet including equating anything from self appointed experts/bloggers as if it were journalism written according to journalistic standards...Best to read everything with a grain of salt.

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Posted by Wow!
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 12, 2015 at 1:34 pm

@It's called a placed story

I am well aware of placed stories and PR. I've been in the business for 25 years. This was not a placed story. This was a story that the Palo Alto Weekly tried to pawn off as original, breaking news journalism. Placed stories are not breaking news stories, which the story about John Hennessy's resignation was. Placed stories are marketing tools, highlighting good works that a company or organization does. This was the Palo Alto Weekly taking someone else's work and making it appear as their own. Even now, several hours after it was pointed out that it was written by Stanford News Service, they are still giving the Weekly Staff the lead credit for writing it.

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Gethin is a registered user.

While posters are debating the tangential issue of plagiarism, how about we also stick to the real topic, an excellent dean has chosen to go back into the trenches. Congratulations to Hennessy for all he has accomplished.

Posted by Ricky
a resident of South of Midtown

on Jun 12, 2015 at 5:02 pm

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Posted by Bunyip
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 13, 2015 at 12:09 am

A big fan of Stanford, however I think it is beyond time they grew their schools of health beyond just medicine. Look at top univieristy medical centers, Johns Hopkins, UCSF, etc. strong schools of Heath. Afraid Stanford is lagging behind. The affordable care act calls for a greater role of these professional groups, not less . Be good if Hennesey in his final months really made strides to drag Stanford into the new age of health care by developing schools of allied Heath professions.

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Posted by Susi
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 13, 2015 at 2:57 am

Congratulation to Stanford. Corporations are people and so now is Stanford.

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Posted by James Hall
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 14, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Just as a humorous comment - we've often made fun of his photographs in the alumni magazine - with one hand always in his pocket, and sometimes made much taller and thinner by the photoshop people who favor form over content occasionally.
But my first thought reading this story was:
1) did some prankish students secretly inundate his pocket with contact glue and it now becomes necessary to deal with pieces of cloth glued to his hand OR
2) was this habit of his, seemingly counting the change in his pocket endlessly fingering the coins - really to remind all of us to reconsider alumni gifts to the growing skyline of the Farm?
Second thoughts lead to a generalized fear that the new Prez might be condie rice - head for the border.

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