New York Times to add digital deputy editors

A memo from New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and obtained by Capital New York says the Times is planning to add digital deputy editors to news desks throughout the organization.

According to the memo, the new editors will be in charge of increasing the “energy and imagination” of the Times’ news report.

“We are adding a deputy-level editor to each of the major news desks whose responsibility will be to ensure our coverage shines everywhere we publish,” the memo reads.

Baquet emphasizes that the new positions will be a part of a “leadership path” for journalists at The Times who have “spent years honing their digital crafts.”

“We’ll now begin adding these editors with more to come  — International, National, Metro, Sports, Biz Day, Culture, Science, The Magazine and Media.  If you are interested in applying for any of these deputy level positions, please be in touch with the department head.”

The addition of digital deputies is the latest move in an effort to refocus the Times’ digital offerings. In June, Poynter reported that the Times would be phasing out about half of its blogs. In May, BuzzFeed published the innovation report wherein the Times scrutinized its digital presence and concluded that the organization was “focusing too much time and energy on Page One.”

For the rest of the memo, see Jeremy Barr’s story for Capital New York.

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