NYT’s Sunday Review section to debut June 26

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The New York Times has invited media reporters to a breakfast next Thursday for a sneak peek of Sunday Review. “[The section] will offer new features and a new way of presenting our finest analytical and opinion writing; it will debut on Sunday, June 26,” says the invitation. Editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal has said that readers should expect “a really beautifully-designed section that looks really different than lots of stuff in the Times, with a great cover piece and great art.”

Dear —-,

We’re holding an informal press breakfast next Thursday, June 23 where we will offer a sneak peak at our newest section, Sunday Review. Sunday Review will offer new features and a new way of presenting our finest analytical and opinion writing; it will debut on Sunday, June 26.

We’ll have a prototype of the section on hand and more information to share. Editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal, op-ed editor Trish Hall, executive editor Bill Keller and columnist Frank Bruni will all be there.

We hope you can make it. Please let me know.

Thursday, June 23
The New York Times, 620 Eighth Ave.
Room 115, 15th Floor

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    Since you insist on remaining anonymous, I’ll take your word that many of your best friends are Timespeople, though you used that little fact only to slag the paper off again, for whatever reason. (It’s not that you don’t have the “heart” to tell them what you think, it’s that you don’t have the courage.) If it’s not the most important news source in the world, it’s close, isn’t it? Maybe not for you, but for millions of others – even if that doesn’t make you happy.

    In any case, I’m not sure what your complaint is. It’s a media story, so media reporters are being invited to view the section. Media reporting is sometime navel-gazing and sometimes not. But since we live in an increasingly information-based economy, media is a big story. It’s not like the NYT is asking New York City to designate a special day, or for Congress to pass a resolution. It’s a press conference for a new product. Big deal.

    While lots of readers probably don’t much care about the new section, lots of others surely do. You might not like the fact that people feel they have personal relationships with the Sunday Times as they do with few (if any) other publications, but it’s true nonetheless. That’s why, just for example, people on personal-ad sites routinely list “Sunday morning coffee and the NYT” along with beach-walks and concert-going among their favorite activities. It’s almost a cliche, and for good reason.

  • Anonymous

    Dan – with all due respect and I clearly understand your viewpoint based on your beat, but isn’t media reporting just a lot of navel gazing? 

    The New York Times isn’t the most famous paper in the world — it’s the most famous paper, perhaps, in the United States, certainly New York. It’s like saying “The World Series” involves teams from around the world.

    In my humble opinion (and you stated it above), it’s very interesting stuff to people who cover media. But I don’t think it’s interesting to those who consume news. A home subscriber probably wouldn’t realize a new section was added. Readers hardly ever notice such things.

    And by the way, I have many friends who work at the New York Times and yes, they believe they work at the most important news source in the world. I just don’t have the heart to tell them it’s not true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    Ok, well, so you don’t like the Times. But that doesn’t mean it’s not the most famous newspaper in the world, or that a major new Sunday edition section isn’t a fairly big deal, at least to people who follow such things. The media reporters (you got that, right — that they’re media reporters, reporting on media?), of course, have the option of not showing up. And you have the option of not paying attention.

  • Anonymous

    Only the NYT thinks it’s important enough to invite reporters to preview their new section.