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No paginated articles for members of Slate’s new membership program

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Slate’s new membership program Slate Plus launched Monday, and Editor David Plotz reels off some of the premiums in the $5 per month/$50 per year program he says will lead to a “a richer, smoother Slate experience” in his announcement: “special access to favorite Slate writers and editors.” Early access to some features. A really nice-looking mug.

All of which pales compared to the most important benefit: No more paginated articles.

Slate will be sleeker for Slate Plus members. We know how much some of you dislike pagination: Slate Plus members will automatically get single-page articles throughout the site. Members will also be able to read and post comments directly on article pages, rather in a pop-up window, and we’ll highlight member comments.

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On Thursday, Amanda Hess wrote about the media talking down to women. In a piece called “Enough With the Ageist, Sexist Mom Jokes,” Hess wrote about a story in The New York Times on Tuesday and how the act of having a child does not actually lower IQ or the ability to understand complex topics.

I heard about “How to Explain Bitcoin to Your Mom” from my mother, of course, who spotted the item on the Times’ twitter feed. She is a New York Times subscriber (since the audience of the NYTimes.com is 52 percent female with a median age of 47, I assume moms are a key demographic for the newspaper), so she is well-aware of the paper’s near-constant coverage of the cryptocurrency, even though these articles are written using grown-up words and not pretty pictures. (The same cannot be said for my father: When I called and asked him “What is Bitcoin?,” he replied, “I’ve been asking everybody the same thing for months.”)

Amanda Hess, Slate

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Slate to introduce Amazon Prime-like membership plan

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“Slate Plus” will launch Tuesday, Leslie Kaufman reports. While all Slate’s content will remain available for free, readers who pay $5 per month (or $50 per year) will get “special access to the site’s editors and writers, as well as members-only discussions with Emily Yoffe, Slate’s Dear Prudence advice columnist.” They’ll also get input into profiles, ad-free podcasts and discounts on events.

“Our model is Amazon Prime, which keeps adding benefits,” Slate Editor David Plotz told Kaufman.

In late 2012, Jeff Bercovici reported Slate might be considering a paywall. (The company tried one long ago but didn’t think it worked.) Paywalls “don’t make sense for a site like ours,” Weisberg told me at the time. He did say Slate was looking at a membership model.… Read more

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Let’s thank women’s magazines for quizzes

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Have you Travolta-fied your name yet? (I’d be really surprised if you haven’t; the name-generator from Slate has been “the most popular post Slate had ever done–yes, even more than thinkpieces on Jonathan Livingston Seagull!” James Poniewozik wrote for Time on Wednesday.)

In “Why Name Generators and Quizzes Are the New Crosswords,” Poniewozik wrote about those quizzes and why they don’t mean an end to good journalism.… Read more

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Slate’s good strategy for correcting errors on Twitter, elsewhere

On Saturday night, Slate made a very funny, embarrassing error on Twitter:

Javier Bardem and Vladimir Putin aren’t exactly lookalikes. It’s a funny mistake, and thanks to Twitter’s recent changes the mistaken image loomed large in people’s timelines. Then came the correction:

Slate social media editor Jeremy Stahl employed a simple but effective strategy: he issued the correction as a reply to the original tweet. That’s why the correction begins “@Slate,” and it’s why it refers to the photo without having to show it again. The result is anyone viewing the original tweet can see the resulting correction in the stream of replies:

People viewing the correction tweet on its own can also see it’s part of a conversation linked to the original, offending tweet.… Read more

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Correction: Atlanta may only lose a quarter of its trees today

But that’s still a lot of trees.

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Slate’s top error-spotter delivers another great correction

Back in 2007, Slate did a rare thing: it profiled a reader who was a prolific spotter of errors in Slate articles.

Jack Shafer, at the time Slate’s media critic, wrote a column that described regular reader RM “Auros” Harman as “A walking, talking, error-correction algorithm ….”

“Auros is easily one of the most prolific ‘gotcha’ artists currently submitting corrections to the magazine,” Shafer wrote.

Almost seven years later, Harman is still practising his art, and Slate is still giving him his due.

This gem was appended today to a story by  (headline: “Are Hobbits Human?”):

Correction, Jan. 2, 2014: The caption for this story originally stated that Arwen and Aragorn are half-elf and half-human. Aragorn is three-fourths human and one-fourth elf. Arwen is 3/16 human, 25/32 elf, and 1/32 Maia.

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Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen speaks during a Court TV panel discussion debating the use of confidential sources in journalism on Aug. 16, 2005, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Richard Cohen will keep writing ‘until Gawker sends over a hit man’

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I don’t have a problem with interracial marriage or same-sex marriage,” Richard Cohen told Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi. Cohen was talking about the rage, outrage and disgust that greeted his column about Chris Christie and the tea party, which included this riff about interracial marriage:

People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America.

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60 Minutes apologizes for botched Benghazi report: A timeline

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Friday morning, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan apologized for a report on Benghazi marred by conflicting stories from the show’s key source, contractor Dylan Davies.

Until Friday morning, Logan and CBS have stood by their reporting.

“The most important thing to every person at ’60 Minutes’ is the truth,” Logan said on “CBS This Morning.” “And today, the truth is that we made a mistake.”

That mistake first aired on “60 Minutes” October 27. It centered on the account of “Morgan Jones.” Here’s what’s happened since.… Read more

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Slate debuts new design that makes stories more prominent than logo

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A redesigned Slate debuted Monday morning. The publication had outgrown its old site, Editor David Plotz writes: “We publish three times as many stories as we did five years ago. Where we once had a handful of blogs, we now have 19.”

The new site is responsive, to look better on mobile devices, and it allows multiple homepage layouts, Plotz writes. The site’s homepage editor can now “sculpt” the page “to capture the kind of news day we’re having, whether that means featuring a blaring headline, a poignant image, or a powerful quotation,” senior product manager David Stern says in another piece.

Slate’s homepage Monday morning.
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