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Are young journalists more prone to plagiarism and fabrication?

At just 31, Jonah Lehrer has published three bestselling books and had been a Rhodes scholar and journalist with dozens of bylines at major U.S. publications.

He's also the latest young journalism star to be brought down by accusations of plagiarism and fabrication. After being caught recycling his own work at the New Yorker, he was forced to resign after it was discovered he had made up quotes for his book "Imagine."

Craig Silverman writes on the Poynter website that newsrooms are asking young reporters to produce more work than ever, but offering them less support. "They expect performance, but devalue oversight and mentoring," he writes. "When a young colleague struggles to handle the pressure, to match the output of others, he may be tempted to find unethical ways to catch up. It’s a sign to give her more support, not to demand more."

What do you think? Is there too much pressure on young or inexperienced writers to produce more content?

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that he and Jayson Blair etc. were young. If anything, you'd think they'd understand better that in the digital age it's all to easy to get caught!

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that he and Jayson Blair etc. were young. If anything, you'd think they'd understand better that in the digital age it's all to easy to get caught!

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