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New York Times buyout watch, 2016 edition

At least 49 journalists at The New York Times have accepted a standing buyout offer from newsroom leadership and will leave the paper in the coming months. The Times, which has a newsroom headcount of about 1,300, announced in May it would offer buyouts to an unspecified number of employees as part of a digitally focused reorganization. Among … Read More
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Want a lesson in focusing your writing? Read this hole-in-one lead

I stood in front of 150 reading and writing teachers on Friday trying to describe the writing process. On a chart pad I drew a familiar model, one I’ve discussed countless times since I learned it from writing coach Donald Murray more than 30 years ago. Conceive Collect Focus Select Order Draft Revise … Read More
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How The New York Times solved a mystery with the help of Facebook Live

On a blustery Sunday in May, The New York Times' Deborah Acosta bent down and picked up a piece of a mystery on a New York City sidewalk. Acosta had recently been reassigned to Times' Facebook Live team. Her new focus: the city. "So I think my eyes were especially peeled that weekend," Acosta said. When she came across Kodachrome … Read More
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The Associated Press will use automated writing to cover the minor leagues

The Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 minor league baseball games annually, the news cooperative announced Thursday. The Associated Press, which routinely covered some minor league stories through the 2006 season, will produce the stories using technology from Automated Insights and data from MLB Advanced Media, which is the official stat-keeper … Read More
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Elizabeth Spayd, incoming New York Times public editor: 'I'm not there to make friends'

Elizabeth Spayd remembers where she was when the call came through. She was driving into New York City after a visit to Long Island when her phone rang. It was Philip Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards at The New York Times, who led the months-long search to replace outgoing Public Editor Margaret Sullivan. She picked up the phone … Read More
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New York Times reorganizes digital leadership ranks

In part of an ongoing push to remake The New York Times for a constantly changing media landscape, the newspaper on Friday announced several personnel moves among the leaders of its digital efforts. The big changes: graphics, digital news design and interactive news are now one team overseen by Assistant Editor Steve Duenes, audience development is being integrated into the … Read More
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New York Times editor: After Orlando shooting, don't editorialize on social media

Philip Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards at The New York Times, reminded the newsroom on Monday that, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, they shouldn't use their social media accounts to editorialize, promote their political views or take sides on controversial issues. Here's the memo, sent to the newsroom an hour ago: Colleagues: In the middle of … Read More
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Why The New York Times published a story with (almost) no periods

You might say The New York Times was trying to make a point. On Friday, the newspaper published a story — on its front page, no less — with just two periods in the text. The story, written by reporter Dan Bilefsky, is a 700-word exploration of why periods (also known as points or full stops) are on their way … Read More
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New York Times announces buyouts in the midst of an overhaul

The New York Times on Wednesday announced it's offering buyouts to employees as part of an ongoing effort to remake its entire news operation. In an email to Poynter, a New York Times spokesperson said the newspaper is not aiming to cut an exact number of employees or free up a specific amount of money. The New York … Read More
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We're starting to see a new blueprint for reinventing legacy newsrooms

On Friday, a New York Times' memo noted some big changes coming to the news organization that has, in the last few years, spoken internally and externally about digital adaptation. Many of the changes recommended by The New York Times are changes to workflow that are already being implemented at news organizations, both large … Read More
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The New York Times of the future is beginning to take shape

An ambitious effort to overhaul The New York Times is beginning to come into focus. In a memo sent to staffers Friday, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet outlined several steps in a project, announced in February, to remake the newsroom in a bid for "journalistic dominance." Among them: A shift away from commodity coverage. "The digital news … Read More
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Top journalists offer graduation advice: Don't let ambition warp you

Commencement speeches can often be filled with worn-out cliches (which might be tiresome to listen to but can be fun if you're playing commencement speech BINGO). But every year, there's also some solid, good and even inspiring advice based on what the speakers, in this case journalists, have experienced. Last week, we crowdsourced a commencement speech … Read More
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Elizabeth Spayd is the New York Times' next public editor

The New York Times announced Wednesday morning that Elizabeth Spayd will be its sixth public editor. Spayd, currently editor and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review, will join The New York Times later this summer. Per custom, Spayd will report to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the publisher of The New York Times, who praised her appointment in a statement. Liz is an … Read More
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Allan Beaufour named senior vice president of engineering at The New York Times

Allan Beaufour, the former chief technology officer at web analytics company Chartbeat, has been appointed senior vice president of engineering at The New York Times. Beaufour, who will be responsible for data infrastructure across the The New York Times Company in addition to APIs and content management, will report to chief technology officer Nick Rockwell, according to a release from … Read More
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A graphics journalism project from The New York Times is taking readers inside death row

It starts with Patrick Chappatte hunched over his phone at an event, talking with a death row inmate in Texas. "Inside Death Row," a five-part graphics journalism series from The New York Times' Opinion section, takes readers on a journey with editorial cartoonist Chappatte and his wife, journalist Anne-Frédérique Widmann, as they approach a prison in Texas, staring … Read More