Is Aggregation Theft?
In the beginning, there was Slate's beloved news roundup, “Today’s Papers.” Then, in 2001, The Week magazine landed in the States with great success and pioneered the art of news and opinion curation in print. But it wasn’t until the Huffington Post crashed the party, generating huge traffic with dozens of rewritten stories from other sources every day, that "aggregation" became a dirty word, and critics began calling it theft. Join top media writers and the trailblazers of aggregation for a conversation
about the art of filtering and curating other organizations’ content, and where this editorial model fits into the new media landscape. Decide for yourself: aggregation—friend or foe?
Bill Falk has been the editor-in-chief of The Week since its launch in 2001, after more than two decades as a newspaper editor, reporter, and columnist. He has won more than a dozen writing and reporting awards, including "best news columnist" in the 80-newspaper Gannet chain--the nation's largest--and was part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting teams at Newsday. He's written commentaries for National Public Radio and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times.
Julia Turner is Slate's deputy editor. Working from Slate's New York office, she edits columns on advertising, fashion, culture, media, transportation and design. She also writes regularly for the magazine and appears on Slate's weekly Culture Gabfest podcast.
Simon Dumenco is editor at large and "Media Guy" media columnist at Advertising Age. In the new-media realm, he served as founding editorial director of nymag.com, New York magazine's website, as well as the launch editor-in-chief of Very Short List. In the print realm, he was editor of Colors, the nonprofit international culture magazine underwritten by Benetton, and consulting executive editor on the launch of O: The Oprah Magazine. At New York magazine, he was a features editor, editor of the National Magazine Award-winning media column, and also served as pop-culture columnist and consumer-technology editor. His writing has appeared in publications including Details (where he's a longtime contributing editor), Rolling Stone, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and publications around the world including GQ Korea, Russian Vogue, and Courrier Japon (Japan).