Today on the Menu: Coverless Books, Embedded Journalist Vetting, Wikipedia Builds Trust

By Matt Van Hoven 

Today’s Menu stories won’t interest you unless say, you’re a book cover sleeve designer who has always hated the fact that book publishers spend so much time and money and resources creating book covers. For one, they’re fragile and rip easily. Then there’s the whole environmental aspect and well, they’re pretty much just stupid. And now a few publishers are doing away with them.

Journalists heading to Afghanistan may be surprised to know that their writing habits will be vetted by the same company that is sort of accused of promoting that whole “WMD” thing from 2003ish. The reason: the military wants to know who they’re working with, they say, but some think the journalists who haven’t written positive war-pieces will have a tough time getting in.

Wikipedia is a journalist’s nightmare. It’s also the easiest search tool out there, which creates a quandary for bloggers and students who hate doing Lexis-Nexis research. But now Wikimedia (the Wikipedia overlords) say they will take pains to ensure the editorial quality of posts pertaining to living people. After all, the dead are just dead.