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2011 National Magazine Awards for Digital Media

We live-blogged the National Magazine Awards for Digital Media in New York City this afternoon.

The ceremony has concluded, but the complete list of winners follows below…

1:20 p.m. Epicurious has won the general excellence digital media, service and lifestyle award. Tablet Magazine has won the blogging award.

1:30 has won the photography and digital media award. The New York Times Magazine has won the design, digital media award.

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FishbowlNY Editor Amanda Ernst Visits The Menu


Today on the Morning Media Menu, host Jason Boog of GalleyCat was joined by FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst and author and blogger Alex Irvine.

Amanda talked about the news that Wired editor Chris Anderson pulled passages from other sources like Wikipedia and included them, unattributed, in his new book “Free,” as well as the Virginia Quarterly Review blogger who discovered the plagiarism.

Also discussed: Michael Jackson‘s death and the subsequent media coverage, a Jackson-related scene from the upcoming Sascha Baron Cohen movie “Bruno” that is now of questionable taste, how book reviews are becoming less available to authors as a source of promotion for their books and Alex’s upcoming projects.

How VQR‘s Jaquith Found Anderson’s Plagiarism (Hint: It’s In Parentheses)

free.pngVirginia Quarterly Review blogger Waldo Jaquith made quite a stir with his discovery that portions of Wired editor Chris Anderson‘s new book “Free” were pulled from unattributed sources, namely Wikipedia. But we wondered, how did Jaquith happen upon Anderson’s plagiarized sections?

We tracked down Jaquith — as he was en route to a vacation in Virginia Beach — and asked him how he made the connection between “Free” and Wikipedia.

For Jaquith, it all started with a parenthetical. During the passage from “Free” in which Anderson describes the saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” Jaquith noticed that something was amiss. “It mentioned Crescent City and then, parenthetically, said New Orleans,” he said. “At first, I was thrown off. I thought that maybe that before it was called New Orleans it was called Crescent City and I was mad at myself for not knowing that.”

The reference needled at Jaquith so he did some research. His first stop: Wikipedia. To his surprise, the Wikipedia entry for New Orleans only mentioned Crescent City as a nickname. So he Googled the citation just as Anderson had written it in his book. That’s how he found an entry for explaining free lunch on Wikipedia.

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VQR Calls Wired‘s Anderson Out On Plagiarism

free.pngVirginia Quarterly Review blogger Waldo Jaquith has dug up passages from Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson‘s new book, “Free,” in which Anderson pulls chunks of text from Wikipedia entries, without attribution.

In addition to the allegations of plagiarism, it also seems like Anderson didn’t fact check some of the info pulled from the Web, as Jaquith explains: “Transcription errors are present in most of the quotes and citations within this Wikipedia entry, a result of contributors making mistakes while entering information from nineteenth-century newspaper articles. Those errors have been reproduced verbatim in ‘Free’.”

Anderson has refuted given an explanation for the plagiarism, saying that the publishing of the book was rushed and the mistakes came about because of the elimination of footnotes. But that doesn’t stop this whole situation from being incredibly ironic — especially because “Free” is a book about how companies can make money from giving away some products for free.

As our colleagues at BayNewser pointed out:

“It’s sort of like if Abbie Hoffman had claimed after the fact that he actually meant to suggest that people buy his book, but a last-minute publishing error led to some erroneous cover copy.”

Related: Wired‘s Anderson: “The Free Vs. Paid Debate Is Misunderstood.”

Also: Maureen Dowd Blames Plagiarism On A Friend

Virginia Quarterly Review Wins Utne Reader Prize


Last night, Utne Reader editor-in-chief David Schimke (above) presented the magazine’s 20th Annual Independent Press Awards, honoring excellence in independent magazines.

The big winner of the night was the Virginia Quarterly Review, which took home the prize for general excellence. The Utne Reader‘s editors said they “were especially impressed with VQR‘s dedication to international coverage and long-form journalism, rare in these economic times.”

Lapham’s Quarterly received the award for best new publication while other winners included Mother Jones, The New Republic and The Walrus, a Canadian mag that was named Utne‘s best new publication in 2004.

The nominees for the Utne‘s awards are selected by the pub’s editors based on how well each magazine “fulfilled its stated mission over the past year.”

“The goal is to honor independently minded publications that don’t shy away from tough stories and innovative ideas,” the Utne Reader explained.

The full list of winners after the jump

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