Big news in the world of meta media news today! Details of the long-awaited, vaguely teased New York Times paywall have arrived via a press release from the Paper of Record. It’s sort of expensive, compared to free! It’s also sort of reasonable, if you feel inclined to support the making of good news, but don’t want all of the unread papers to pile up in your kitchen. (Some sections are boring.) We have all of the pertinent information inside an early afternoon edition of Press Clips, our daily media round-up. Plus! Plagiarism at the Washington Post and The Daily iPad newspaper is almost no longer free, but it is going overseas. But mostly the New York Times paywall — always the New York Times paywall. (Don’t be too afraid.)
20 Articles and Counting: Everyone on the whole Internet is excited to tell you how this thing works!
Here are the details, in bullet point form, organized from “I Need To Know This Because I Want to Just Read the Newspaper, Simply, and Maybe Online” to “I Am a Nerd and Want to Know All of the Loop Holes and Minutiae Surrounding This Not-Entirely-Earth-Shattering Announcement”
WaPo Uh Oh: The Washington Post admitted yesterday that two articles about the Jared Loughner shooting in Arizona (this and this) were lifted in part from The Arizona Republic newspaper. The culprit was the 30-year veteran Sari Horwitz, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, who has been suspended for three months as a result of her crimes.
Almost none of the above information appears in the official announcement of the plagiarism, though it’s been put together after the fact, predictably, but probably to the dismay of an embarrassed institution and reporter. What we have no idea about is how this happened, leaving The Awl to wonder, “How do you end up with 15 paragraphs of someone’s story in your own? … It’s either a cry for help, a statement of anger at the institution or the act of a person so preoccupied with other things that she no longer is even thinking about her job.”
There’s a lesson here somewhere, for young reporters, the kind who usually get mixed up in this sort of plagiarism thing, but we can’t find it. Actually, it’s being kept from us.
The Daily Update: Our favorite iPad newspaper, Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily, will not only be available soon on non-Apple tablets, but also internationally, first in the United Kingdom within months, as soon as subscription terms can be agreed upon with Apple.
The ‘paper’ also faces a “moment of truth next week” when the free trial, which has been extended repeatedly since February, finally expires. It will run iPad owners 14 cents a day, which by our math is about one Style section piece from the New York Times.