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“We are looking for the kids who draw these things not to just depict something, but to offer some kind of social criticism through the visual storytelling techniques that they use.”
That might sound like a pretty tall order for the under-12 set that Bureau Chief of The New York Times‘ City Room blog Andy Newman had in mind when he helped create the site’s latest feature, Kids Draw the News. But despite starting out under heavy criticism from a vocal number of commenters (as well as a local Fox affiliate) for glorifying violence, Mr. Newman has faith in the comprehension skills of what he calls “the next generation of New York Times readers.”
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.
News was slow today. The weather was hot. You might even say it was hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Idea!
New York Times City Room blogger Andy Newman and Times photographer Karly Domb Sadof decamped from the ugliest building in New York to Times Square to see if they Read More
The City Room made its way into the print pages of the New York Times today, landing in a slot on B2 in the Metro Section. A note on the web site today said that City Room will have a dedicated print slot every Friday, which will include stories–today one from Read More
The City Room’s post authored by Sewell Chan on the death of Heath Ledger has reached 1.78 million page views, a spokeswoman said. The Times can’t confirm whether it’s an all-time record for a nytimes.com blog post, but it’s probably awfully close. Editor Jonathan Landman wrote in an e-mail this morning: By the end Read More
The editors of The New York Sun have started posting stories on their Web site during the day instead of waiting to put them in the next morning’s paper.
A memo sent to staff yesterday by city editor David Lombino said reporters should expect to file early when they’re working on certain kinds of stories. Read More