NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia

Good morning. 10-ish, anyone? NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia: Part of a July 25 column "used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution; it should not have been published in that form," a grisly editor's note reads. (NYT) | Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Ravi Somaiya “editors have dealt with Carol on … Read More

Tulsa World's new sports sites link prominently to competitors

When Jason Collington suggested that the Tulsa World feature sports content from other news outlets in the region, the idea was met with a little hesitation from some people in the newsroom. Why would the paper promote articles and commentary it didn't create? But then he explained it using a simple analogy. The paper's die-hard sports fans, like careful shoppers, … Read More

Has 'curate' replaced 'aggregate' as the default term for summarizing other people's news?

While exploring the new app, which collects content from a variety of news organizations and summarizes stories in a maximum of 300 characters, I wasn’t surprised to see the term “curators” in its App Store description. But I was a little surprised to see the term regurgitated without question in so many news stories about Inside — at Time, at TechCrunch, at Capital New York, at the Next Web, at CNET. Curation’s a lofty term for summarizing other journalists' reporting — even for high-level summarizing from multiple sources, which doesn’t seem to be Inside’s M.O. So let’s call it what it is, even if the term comes with some baggage: aggregation. Read More

Slatest news blog shifts from 'comprehensive aggregation' to 'news companion'

Slate | The Slatest Slate's news blog, The Slatest, is bringing tighter focus and more editorial voice to its aggregation of daily news. "Starting Monday," innovations editor Katherine Goldstein writes, "The Slatest has a new tagline: 'Your News Companion.' Rather than offering comprehensive aggregation, the new Slatest will highlight the excellent writing and keen editorial voice of Josh Voorhees, who’ll be bringing you definitive insight into the day’s events." Slatest's last relaunch in April 2011 was aimed at "quickening its pace," and as editor David Plotz explained to CJR, being "a very smart, entertaining brief on the most interesting stories of the day." The Slatest arrived in 2009, as a re-invention of the site's popular feature born 12 years earlier, "Today's Papers." In its first iteration, the Slatest was updated three times a day to reflect what then-Slate media critic Jack Shafer described as the three phases of the news cycle. Read More