Mallary Jean Tenore compiled a list of plagiarism and fabrication cases and how editors responded to them. "We don’t have enough data to say there are definite trends in sanctions," she writes. "Anecdotal evidence, however, suggests that some newsrooms have relaxed their standards when it comes to plagiarism and fabrication."

Poynter’s Kelly McBride, who regularly gets phone calls from editors seeking advice on how to handle plagiarism/fabrication cases, said she found that more newsrooms started firing staffers for plagiarism following the Blair scandal. That seems to change once the economic crisis hit newsrooms.