In this late Tuesday edition of Press Clips, our daily media column, every New Yorker’s favorite (or at least second favorite — any News fans out there?) trashy tabloid is now going to cost 75 cents more than Metro and AM New York combined. In other small losses for the media-centric public, a judge ruled that a whole article reposted without permission was still within the “fair use” rules, but the court had its reasons. Elsewhere, a journalism student evangelizes on the evils of the internship and some folks at the New York Times dress even snazzier than usual. Get all the good dirt inside.
Pricey: Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post will run you 75 cents every morning in paper form instead of $.50 beginning Monday, the newsroom learned yesterday when reporters were told that they better damn well act like they’re worth it. “The boss himself has put the order out that [the paper] will be even greater than usual,” read the memo, according to AdWeek. “He’ll be looking for what is there and what is lacking. So, please, pull some good ones out of your bags of tricks.”
The same threat was also put like this: “The editor has already said he will be looking for bylines to see who stepped it up and who didn’t.”
No matter the quality of the reporting, the headlines remain priceless.
Owned: On behalf of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the copyright group Righthaven sued a Vietnam veteran, Wayne Hoehn, who posted an entire editorial to medjacksports.com, a site he did not work for, but just used for discussion purposes.
Not only did Righthaven not have the copyright to the editorial, making their case on behalf of the newspaper invalid, but the federal judge ruled that Hoehn used the words in a noncommercial manner — for “online discussion” — and did not steal a “purely ‘creative work,'” so it falls within the fair-use guidelines.
It’s not quite the affront on journalism that a headline might make it seem, but it’s certainly a slippery slope. Read the whole story here.
Kids Talk Back: A journalism student in Canada realizes the inherent unfairness of internships and so she’s “boycotting the system.” Bethany Horne writes:
Unpaid internships may make the fortress accessible, sometimes, sure. But they only make it accessible to some people, the kind of people who are already over-represented inside. Those who can afford to work for free. So the young people who don’t come from the city, and who don’t come from money, are shit-out-of-luck. And what of anybody who has to support a family, either here or back home wherever home may be? We know of the taxi driver doctors, but how easy is it for a first generation immigrant to get into our media? They won’t do it through a lowly internship, that’s for sure.
Hopefully she has the pitches to get paid.
Down, Out and Innocent: The Curbed blog network had their servers seized by the FBI, hopefully for no reason. When in doubt blame Breitbart.
Tomorrow everyone at the Voice is commanded to wear camo.