In case you missed it: Over the weekend, Daniel Snyder announced he was dropping his libel suit against the Washington City Paper. The public rationale for doing so was about as flimsy as many of the arguments that Snyder originally advanced for the suit. Also: The complete breakdown of a Washington spat between California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa and the New York Times.
BostonGlobe.com is to become a paid site come Oct. 1, according to paidcontent.org. Boston.com, however, is sticking around and will have, well, I really don’t know. Maybe this’ll explain it a bit:
Unlike sites that have been open access until a “paywall” goes up, technically BostonGlobe.com launches as a subscription-only site. But the same content has been free until now through regional news and info site Boston.com, which will no longer will house the complete paper. Overall, Editor Martin Baron estimates that about three-fourths of the newspaper’s content will now only be available on BostonGlobe.com. . . . Boston.com still will have fresh newsroom-produced daily content, including 20 new blogs and breaking news, and will feature some articles from the newspaper.
Here’s an FAQ from Boston.com on all of this craziness. The FAQ, methinks, raises enough Q for another FAQ. Take this excerpt from the FAQ:
1. What does the launch of BostonGlobe.com mean for news and information on Boston.com?
Boston.com will still offer its readers wide-ranging news and information and serve as a comprehensive and lively guide to living in Greater Boston. It will carry the latest in breaking news, and coverage of local news (including the popular Your Town sites), arts & entertainment, business, health & wellness, politics, travel, and more. It will also carry all the Globe’s season and post-season sports coverage.
You’ll be able to read brief capsules of all Globe stories, and each day there will be five full Globe stories that the Boston.com editor chooses to publish. Time-sensitive reviews by Globe critics will also appear on Boston.com. Additionally, articles from feature sections such as Travel will appear on Boston.com one week after publication in the Globe.
Boston.com is also expanding its assortment of news feeds and wire services, including Bloomberg and Benzinga and a variety of local bloggers who will contribute content around the clock.
In addition to news, Boston.com will continue to offer readers deeply discounted local deals through BostonDeals; jobs, autos and real estate listings; a wealth of community conversations, online chats; photo galleries; and light-hearted contests and promotions.
We’re also expanding the content on Boston.com. There will be new blogs on popular topics such as food, local music, sports, health, nutrition and travel. This also includes our recently launched ‘Spotted’ feature, which shows photos from social scenes from around the city.
Boston.com will continue to be free to consumers.
So the Q: What the heck is left for BostonGlobe.com to cover?
*New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley says the media tried to stay out of the way of Sept. 11 look-backs.
In New York networks turned over the entire morning to affiliates, and local anchors paid their respects by not saying too much, letting relatives of those who died on Sept. 11 have the focus. The media vow of silence was taken so seriously that on CBS New York, anchors stopped speaking as soon as a parade of bagpipers began marching before the ceremony formally started. One forgot to turn down her mike and could be heard asking a colleague, “Are we done talking?”
*WSJ: Glenn Beck faces huge test in airing of new “Glenn Beck.”
*Media bias alert, Australian style: Critic wonders where are the country’s great public intellectuals when a threat to Aussie freedom of the press arises.
*The New York Times’ David Carr on the folly of big media companies trying to buy and integrate niche media properties. Key line: “Even though AOL paid a lot of money for TechCrunch, it was clear last week that its audience and its writers believed it belonged to them.”
*Jon Slattery puts together some of the finer visual commemorations of Sept. 11.
*Ezra Klein opening bigger Web franchise.