Last week we reported how the trend of “reverse-publishing” was catching on at Meredith and Hearst, where the publishing companies were taking online recipes and putting them into “blogazine” format in print. Apparently, when Time Inc. tries something similar, its considered self-plagiarism, instead of just “crowdsourcing.”
Consider the recent New York Times article on Time’s Health, which re-used some of the recipes from the publisher’s other magazine, Real Simple. The same recipes were used, along with the original photography, although nutritional info was added. Health editor Ellen Kunes credited Real Simple as Health’s source, and said that the articles weren’t free, since they had to be retested and slightly altered to fit Health‘s standards. If the original source — again, managed by the same publisher — is cited, is this different than the content partnerships we see online, like those between Business Insider and Gawker?