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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.
“We just get The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times. We used to get the Washington Post, but it just … went too far for me. I couldn’t handle it anymore,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia tells New York magazine. Oh, and, he sometimes “but not usually” listens to NPR. ( Read More
So hey. Afros. You may have seen them on black people in America … for the past 300 years or so. The nifty thing about Afros is that black hair actually grows like that—into Afros. Not kidding. It’s pretty much how black hair grows. As opposed to say, straightened hair, a pixie cut, a bob, a weave, the Dorothy Hamill, the Rachel, or what have you. There are lengths and shapes and variations on an Afro, sure, but the Afro itself is not really a style or necessarily a means of self-expression.
Last month, The New York Times culture section held a version of an “upfront”—the television-industry mainstay where advertisers gather to drink, eat, watch clips of upcoming shows and ultimately get seduced into buying ad space.
On a rainy Tuesday night, Times top brass mingled with heavyweights from Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, IFC, the Weinstein Company and so on over ginger margaritas and on-trend appetizers while boomer-friendly music was spun by deejay duo AndrewAndrew. If the event was subdued by the standards of television networks, it was unusually lavish for a 161-year-old print product.
The main event was a panel conversation in which media reporter David Carr interviewed three of the four recently appointed culture editors who are injecting youthful energy into the place—though the real raison d’etre for the event was feting the organizations that keep the lights on at the Times.
Quid Pro Quote
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson will answer “selected readers’ questions in an online forum“ today and tomorrow. So start thinking. What do you really want to know about The New York Times?
While it may be tempting to ask about paywalls or union negotiations or the future of journalism, you want your question to Read More
The New York Times announced today that they are banning the practice known as “quote approval.” The newspaper of record is now officially against giving sources the power to approve quotes and alter language after an interview has taken place in exchange for access to the sources.
“So starting now, we want to draw a clear line on this. Citing Times policy, reporters should say no if a source demands, as a condition of an interview, that quotes be submitted afterward to the source or a press aide to review, approve or edit,” said the memo (full text below).
Fox News chief Roger Ailes is trying to get that paper. Elsewhere in News Corp, two locals go all Benedict Arnold on a certain tablet newspaper and a certain tabloid newspaper. What’s it like to get an employee evaluation at Reuters? How’s that whole Media-and-Race thing going? All that and more in your Thursday Evening Media Briefs.
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced Monday that Margaret M. Sullivan, editor and vice president of The Buffalo News, will replace Arthur Brisbane as the paper’s public editor.
Speaking on the phone from Buffalo Monday afternoon, Ms. Sullivan told Off The Record that she had lusted after the gig for years.
“Now that there’s going to be much more of a digital job,” she said, “it’s a very good fit for me.”
She described the Times search as broad and the vetting process as lengthy and thorough.
“It was not a slam dunk,” she admitted.
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Margaret Sullivan, editor and vice president of The Buffalo News, will be the fifth New York Times public editor, the New York Times Company announced Monday. It was previously reported that her predecessor, Art Brisbane, will step down in September. Ms. Sullivan will be the first woman to serve as public editor, a Read More
A media odd couple was formed on Monday, when BuzzFeed and The New York Times announced that they will join forces to cover the Democratic and Republican national conventions in live-streaming video “TimesCasts” on NYTimes.com.
The collaboration, which serves to lend the Times’ growing video department a jolt of buzzy, young talent while cementing BuzzFeed’s nascent journalistic credentials, was born from the Twitter-based mutual admiration of New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts and BuzzFeed editor-in-chief, Ben Smith. The two met IRL when they sat on a panel together during Social Media Week in February.