The risk of plagiarism and story recycling is becoming a boogeyman in the industry.
Take the recent dramatic fall of well-known science writer Jonah Lehrer, who was busted plagiarizing on his Wired.com blog, Frontal Cortex, and fabricating quotes in his book, Imagine.
The 31-year-old, who was a regular writer for The New Yorker and Wired, apologized after being outed.
“The lies are over now,” he said in a statement. “I understand the gravity of my position.”
But does the journalism industry understand the gravity of the position?