Man behind the blog
Before Ta-Nehisi Coates was a superstar at The Atlantic, he was fired from three consecutive writing jobs. Well, not quite fired. “I’m still not exactly sure what happened,” he said, sipping a single espresso at a Morningside Heights bakery near his Harlem apartment, where he lives with his wife, Kenyatta, and their young son. What Read More
Back from Whence they came
To be young is to believe wholeheartedly in certain rosy, soothing illusions—that age, infirmity and death will never come to call, that divorce and the suburbs are fates that only befall other people. And yet, we will all know illness, we will all die and many, though not all of us, will move to the suburbs.
Young families have been moving to the suburbs for as long as there have been young families and suburbs. That many of the young families moving to New York suburbs should be Brooklynites, and that many of them should fancy themselves “creative types” and that they, like their parents and grandparents before them, should believe themselves capable of bringing their superior sensibilities to the land of compromises and comfort should come as no surprise. See: Revolutionary Road.
And yet, the New York Times has seen fit to print yet another style section feature on the suburban exodus of Brooklynites called, what else, “Creating Hipsturbia.” After all, “Williamsburg on the Hudson” ran way back in August 2011.
Today is the deadline for newsroom buyouts at The New York Times. So far, two more have accepted the deal.
Update (1:37 p.m.): Assistant managing editor Jim Roberts announced via his Twitter feed that he is leaving the Times. We don’t know whether he has taken the buyout.
Original Post: Terry Schwadron, head of news operations, has decided to take the Times buyout, a source tells us. The announcement went out in an email to the newsroom this morning.
Classical music editor for The New York Times James Oestreich has accepted the paper’s buyout and will retire at the end of the month from the New York Times. The departure, which was reported by Slipped Disc, a music blog, comes just one day before the buyout deadline.
off the record
The January 24 buyout deadline for Times employees is upon us, and so far only a small handful of journalists has decided to leave the Gray Lady voluntarily.
Managing editor John Geddes, who noted in his departure memo that he had served under four executive editors, announced that he was taking the buyout, though he was unclear on his future plans.
Glenn Kramon, The New York Times‘ assistant managing editor for enterprise has been appointed the paper’s technology editor, Dean Murphy, the newly appointed editor for Business Day, announced in an internal memo this morning. Mr. Kramon will move to San Francisco, where he will replace Damon Darlin. No word yet on what’s next for Mr. Darlin.
Mr. Kramon has been the paper’s assistant managing editor for enterprise since 2006. The Times‘ former executive editor Bill Keller appointed Mr. Kramon to the position “with a mandate to stimulate and manage original New York Times reporting ventures across the newsroom.”
Chris Buckley, a correspondent for The New York Times, and his family had to leave mainland China and fly to Hong Kong today because his visa was not renewed, the Times reports. Mr. Buckley has worked in China since 2000 and returned to the Times in September after reporting for Reuters. Although the Times applied for Mr. Buckley’s visa transfer at the time, the Chinese authorities failed to grant the journalist credentials before the start of 2013.
Has everyone read Melena Ryzik’s crackerjack profile of prolific actor Sir Michael Caine in The New York Times? It’s pretty great! He explains his “eye trick” for looking at both a camera and subject simultaneously, the weird back-story he made up for Alfred in Nolan’s Batman series (though it’s pretty inconsistent, since he talks about Bruce Wayne meeting Alfred in a military mess hall, when we all KNOW that Alfred has been with the Wayne family since before Bruce was born, no d’uh), and how he slept with all of Hollywood and everything before falling for his wife after seeing her in a commercial for Maxwell Coffee.
But there was one specific quote of Caine’s, seemingly benign, that made us believe both he and the Times were in on the most famous joke about the actor.
Media Winter Redux
It’s even chillier than we thought over at The New York Times. They are looking for 60 volunteers to take buyouts–not 30 as detailed in executive editor Jill Abramson’s memo, Keith Kelly reports in the Post.
“I hope the needed savings can be achieved through voluntary buyouts but if not, I will be forced to go to layoffs among the excluded staff. I expect that I will have to reduce the excluded staff by about 30 positions,” Ms. Abramson wrote last week. “Excluded staff” means editors and management who are not members of the Newspaper Guild.
The New York Times is bringing reporter Ravi Somaiya back stateside after an extended stint in London. Mr. Somaiya covered some of the more exciting stories to come out of Great Britain of late–phone hacking, Julian Assange, British riots, the Olympics.
“Happy to announce that I’ll be heading to the New York to work in the NYT mothership as of December 10. Thanks for everything London!” Mr. Somaiya tweeted earlier today.