Daily Archives: November 9, 2010

Cape Cod Times Is Now Behind A Paywall

Published November 9, 2010

The Cape Cod Times is now behind an online paywall, as the newspaper promised in October.

After viewing three articles, you are prompted to sign up for a free account. After 10 articles, pay up. The text of the article goes whoosh, like a genie getting sucked into a bottle, and a registration screen pops up. It’s pretty amusing, if a little hokey.

A subscription costs $2.67 per week, but weekly billing isn’t an option. The cheapest option is a single payment of about $30 for 12 weeks of access, up to 50 articles. The print edition costs extra.

“Quality journalism can only occur if it has a revenue stream attached,” said Peter Meyer, president of the Cape Cod Media Group, last month.

Some content, such as public-safety information, will remain free.

In September, the Boston Globe announced it would split into two sites next year — one free, one paid. In August, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (also owned by the New York Times Co.) erected its own paywall.

Cooks Source: ‘We Will Now List All Sources,’ Get Permission

Published November 9, 2010

Cooks Source, the tiny western Mass. magazine beleaguered by a plagiarism scandal, has made a radical policy shift: The publication will start crediting writers and will only print articles with their consent.

In other words, the magazine will start observing centuries-old best practices and intellectual property law.

You can buy a "But Honestly Monica" T-shirt. (Zazzle.com)

You can buy a "But Honestly Monica" T-shirt. (Zazzle.com)

The Cooks Source website has been deleted and replaced with a long, unsigned statement. The magazine also deleted its Facebook page — the focus of most of the Internet’s rage — after it was “hacked by unknown parties.” (Update: The FB page appears to still be there. Thanks, kejia.)

As I wrote here last week, a woman named Monica Gaudio discovered that the magazine had printed her 2005 essay on medieval apple-pie recipes — without her permission and without paying her.

Gaudio complained on her blog and published the now-infamous response from the magazine’s editor. (Just Google “but honestly monica.”) The post became an Internet meme overnight, and the magazine came under intense attack.

From the Cooks Source statement Tuesday (editing errors left intact):

We sincerely wish to apologize to her for this error, it was an oversight of a small, overworked staff. We have made a donation at her request, to her chosen institution, the Columbia School of Journalism. In addition, a donation to the Western New England Food Bank, is being made in her name.

The statement goes on to say the flap has hurt the magazine’s advertisers:

Small business owners are being bombarded with hate mail, and distasteful messages because someone downloaded their contact information on these bogus sites. These small business owners work very hard to keep their businesses going in a bad economy. We respectfully request this harassment be stopped immediately.

Starting this month, the statement says, “we will now list all sources. Also we now request that all the articles and informational pieces will have been made with written consent of the writers.”

At the end of the statement, an olive branch:

“Regardless of what has been said, we liked her article very much.”

2 Minutes Of Silence For Vets: What Do You Think?

Published November 9, 2010

Every year, on Yom Hazikaron, Israel comes to a standstill for two minutes to honor fallen soldiers and victims of the Holocaust. It’s a haunting sight.

The observance so moved a couple of brothers from Weston, writes Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, they’re waging a campaign to bring a similar event to the United States.

Danny and Michael Bendetson have gotten Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Scott Brown to co-sponsor their cause. But as one commenter writes on one of the many YouTube videos of the observance:

thats really cool. nobody has enough respect in America to just stop what they are doing on memorial day

Would Americans have the respect, the patience, to stop what they’re doing for two minutes and honor service members? Would you?

Radio Boston Rundown: What The Caritas Sale Means For Us

Published November 9, 2010

Tuesday at 3 p.m. on Radio Boston:

The Caritas Christi sale. We examine the impact of the Catholic hospital going for-profit. What might it might mean for the delivery and the quality of health care? We talk with critics and supporters of the sale, which was finalized Monday.

Congressman Ed Markey. He is pushing for strict new screening measures of all cargo on passenger planes. He says new screening rules, announced Monday, are constructive but don’t go far enough. Markey plans to introduce legislation that would expand the mandate to include cargo flights.

Battle of the lawyers. A competition last week pitted high-profile attorneys against one another. Each lawyer presented closing arguments to a group of judges in Boston. The winner was Tom Greene, who took on Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for illegally promoting an epilepsy drug for off-label uses. We hear highlights of the competition.

A voodoo ceremony in Mattapan. We speak to reporter Calvin Hennick, who observed the overnight rituals of the Haitian Day of the Dead that took place this weekend.

Video: WBUR Celebrates 60 Years

Published November 9, 2010

As WBUR celebrates 60 years on 90.9 FM, we look back.

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WBUR’s annual Public Radio Gala — a fancy gathering of NPR luminaries, WBUR personalities and our supporters — is Wednesday night at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Some tickets are still available.

Tuesday Morning: Caritas Deal Done, Sports Fees Protested

Published November 9, 2010

What’s news on a cloudy slow-news Tuesday in Boston:

Athletics fees are shooting up in Arlington. Parents aren’t taking it lying down. (WBUR)

Caritas Christi is now a for-profit hospital chain. The state finalized the deal with a New York equity firm. (Globe)

Steven Hayes, convicted in the Connecticut home invasion and murders, is sentenced to death. Connecticut has executed only one person in 25 years, but it would be years before Hayes is put to death. (AP)

Police say road rage caused a Quincy man to stab another driver. I expect better from you, Massachusetts.  (Globe)

A BU sophomore will be on “Jeopardy!” tonight. Erin McLean can’t disclose the outcome of the taping, but her mother says “BU will be extremely proud of her.” (BU Today)