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Posts Tagged ‘BetaBeat’

Here’s a Twist: Plagiarized Writer Feels Bad… for the Plagiarizer

TrustMeImLyingCoverHave you ever been plagiarized? There are all sorts of forms of this rampant Web art: sourcing without proper blockquoting; blatant cut-and-pasting by a mysterious SEO operation; Bollywood borrowing of entertainment copy.

In the case of New York Observer/Betabeat editor-at-large Ryan Holiday, chunks of his 2012 book Trust Me, I’m Lying were co-opted for a 2014 article in Arbitrage magazine. As Holiday relates, he had to jump through some outdated masthead hoops to finally get to Arbitrage publisher David Alexander.  However, admirably, Holiday from the get-go indicated to the Toronto-based outlet that he was not looking to get the writer in question fired. Ultimately, that entreaty was ignored at the Canada end, leaving Holiday with very mixed feelings:

The writer is an adult. He has to deal with the consequences of his choices. I get that. I get that I have to as well – I decided to make a complaint, I knew where it might end. But Arbitrage is not some tiny publication. It has numerous writers and a chain of command. They all failed here. Worse yet, they failed when they had an opportunity to respond somberly, fairly and ethically.

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Ryan Holiday is Now Betabeat’s Editor-at-Large

BetabeatlogoFrom freelance writer, to regular columnist, to friend, to consultant, to editor-at-large. That’s how Ryan Holiday today summarizes his two-year arc with the New York Observer‘s Betabeat. The published book author also outlines his ambitious plans for the section:

I’ll be writing media criticism but also about other topics that fall under the site’s purview. I’m hoping that together we can grow Betabeat into a major brand in the technology space.

I also intend for you to see more in-depth features, an expansion of the coverage of Betabeat, more breaking news and more commentary from experts and interesting people. The excellent writers who have been building Betabeat the last few years are going to continue to do what they do as well.

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The New York Observer Adds to Betabeat Team

Jessica Roy has joined the staff at the New York Observer’s tech blog, Betabeat. Roy has written for various publications, including Salon, The Daily, The Nieman Journalism Lab, Good, Gawker, and The Huffington Post. She was also a writer for one of mediabistro’s blogs, 10,000 Words.

In a post announcing the change, Roy said that she will be moving from San Francisco back to New York within the next month.

Just Beta Beat It | Unlike | Departure

  • WebNewser: The New York Observer is launching a New York centric tech site called BetaBeat tomorrow. They’re already formally requested all Go-Go’s jokes be withheld.
  • PRNewser: Discussing ways around that awkward moment when someone “likes” a tragic story shared on Facebook. Hmm… Maybe the answer here is, don’t use Facebook for sad things.
  • TVNewser: Trish Regan is leaving CNBC.