New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s 3,441 word story about the myriad books written about John F. Kennedy went up on the Times site today. The piece, which will be the cover of Sunday’s Times Book Review, is pegged to the 50th anniversary of the assassination exactly a month from today. Read More
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As you may have noticed, the Times website went down late this morning. It’s back up now, but the reasons for the malfunction remain unclear. Fox Business continues to claim, citing an anonymous source, that the Times was the victim of a “cyber attack,” although the paper of record disputes this. The Times’s homepage informs readers that the “outage occurred within seconds of a scheduled maintenance update, which we believe was the cause.” Read More
Michael Cooper will move over to the culture desk, The New York Times culture editor Danielle Mattoon announced this afternoon. Mr. Cooper, who was covering urban affairs as a national correspondent for the paper, will begin covering classical music and dance in August.
“For those of you who don’t know him, we are all in for a treat,” Times culture editor Danielle Mattoon wrote in an announcement that went out this afternoon. “Walk around the newsroom and start asking people to give you a few examples of great work from Michael and the response tends to be some version of: ‘How much time do you have?’” Read More
The New York Times announced today that Pamela Paul will become the new editor of The New York Times Book Review. Ms. Paul will take the reins from current editor Sam Tannenhuas, who will become a writer at large.
“It’s now Pamela’s turn to take the Book Review in new directions,” the hiring announcement said. “Her versatility as an editor and writer has strengthened the Book Review and many other sections, including the Magazine, Education Life and Sunday Styles, where she originated the biweekly ‘Studied’ column.”
Ms. Paul has written the weekly “By the Book” Q&A feature and, as the announcement notes, has also written for The Atlantic, Time, Vogue and The Economist, as well as three books. Ms. Paul started at the book review in 2011 as the children’s book editor and was most recently the features editor.
“We are both thankful to Sam and excited to inaugurate the Pamela Paul era of the Book Review,” said the memo. Read More
The New York Times operates on its own terms. When it came out last year with that wondrous piece of multimedia journalism, “Snow Fall,” you had to take a step back and wonder: What else is planned? (“Seriously,” New York magazine book critic Kathryn Schulz tweeted at the time, “that NYT experiment is like: how Read More
On Friday, The New York Times Green blog, devoted to energy and environmental issues, said goodbye to its readers. The blog’s abrupt close came shortly after the Times shut down its environment desk in January.
New New York Times CEO Mark Thompson hasn’t had the smoothest transition into his new job. The BBC Newsnight scandal followed Mr. Thompson across the Atlantic, raising questions both inside and outside the Times newsroom.
As we previously reported, Mr. Thompson planned to address the questions in town hall meetings on December 17th and 18th.
But Mr. Thompson is pushing the meetings back to 2013, he announced today in a memo that went out to Times staffers. Read More
Is The New York Times’s ‘Kids Draw the News’ Feature the Best or Worst Social Experiment of All Time?
New York Times’ City Blog Puts Out Most Commented Post List; All Entries About Occupy Wall Street Or Weiners
As we tend to do during the holiday season, The New York Times‘ City Room blog is in intra-aggregation mode: posting about their own posts over the 2011 year as both a in remembrance” sort of thing, as well as a quick and easy way to make filler content new and exciting.
Though the technique of link-baiting back to the most popular (or the most commented) posts of the 2011 does serve a purpose, as we can quickly identify the major trends that had all the crazy people coming out of the woodwork to speak their mind. Read More
The New York Times has announced that it will sell its Regional Media Group to Florida-based Halifax Media Holdings, LLC for $143 million in cash. The Regional Media Group consists of 16 regional newspapers including titles like the News Chief of Winter Haven, Florida and Thibodaux, Louisiana’s Daily Comet. The back-of-the-envelope math suggests that each paper is worth just shy of $9 million apiece, or about two years of consulting work from outgoing Times CEO Janet Robinson. Read More