Wendy Perrin, who left Conde Nast Traveler last year, says the magazine “continues to recycle material I wrote years ago and pass it off as current,” even though much of the information is outdated and, I’d say, makes the magazine look foolish.
From the article posted on April Fools’ Day:
When I flew to Boston on Continental last week, I ended up in what I consider to be the best seat on the plane: an aisle seat in the emergency exit row, which meant I had extra legroom. It’s definitely not frequent flier status that got me there, though, since I have zero status with Continental. I got there because when I arrived at the gate, I asked the gate agent if an exit row seat was available.
Conde Nast Traveler updated the post yesterday – after being contacted by Perrin – to note that it originally appeared in 2008.
“This just doesn’t seem right” that Conde Nast continues to use a former staffer’s work, one of the travel writer’s Facebook friends writes. Perrin notes that “I was an employee of Conde Nast, so they own everything I wrote for them.”
Update – LEE AITKEN sends this email: “I can attest to CNT using dated copy. In 2006 they assigned me a piece on the Atlantic islands off France, paid for it, then held for nearly four years. It suddenly became a cover story in early 2010, and they tasked a London-based freelancer with fact-checking it in mid-winter, when the summer-season places I mentioned would have been closed in any case. Hard to defend the motto “truth in travel” under those circumstances.”