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New York Times revives managing editor title in masthead shuffle

Kahn. (Photo via The New York Times) The New York Times announced Friday that Joseph Kahn will be its new managing editor, a position that has been vacant for two years. In addition, Susan Chira, one of the Times' deputy executive editors, will be leaving the masthead to cover gender issues for the newspaper, according to an announcement from the … Read More
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The New York Times has created a newsroom-wide team for covering race

More than a decade ago, The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for "How Race is Lived In America," a series of stories exploring attitudes toward race across the United States. It was an ambitious project. But the idea of doing a single big series about race once a year doesn't track with The Times' current approach … Read More
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To boost its subscription business, The New York Times shutters NYT Now

The New York Times is "shelving" its daily news app, NYT Now, in response to limited interest from readers, a rapidly-fluctuating news environment and a desire to increase paid subscribers. Launched in early 2014, NYT Now was heralded as an attempt to capture and monetize a rapidly growing audience on smartphones. In the spring of 2015, NYT Now transitioned to … Read More
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Donald Trump rails against 'disgusting' media after New York Times article

Donald Trump once again lobbed accusations of bias against The New York Times today after a front-page story portrayed a Trump campaign struggling to right itself amid a wave of gaffes. In a series of tweets that referenced The New York Times and the media in general, Trump railed against "dishonest" coverage and called the Times "a newspaper of … Read More
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How The New York Times used its archives to make the past a (virtual) reality

Almost every newspaper has a morgue, the occasionally subterranean (and sometimes water-damaged) final resting place for old photos, clippings and other records collected by the newsroom. Sometimes, a picture is exhumed for historical purposes, or a clipping is resurrected to help a reporter pick up the threads of an old story. For the most part, though, the records are … Read More
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The latest New York Times Magazine is a 40,000-word, grant-funded book

Not long after Jake Silverstein was named editor of The New York Times Magazine in 2014, he had a dinnertime conversation with writer Scott Anderson and photographer Paolo Pellegrin, two longtime contributors to the magazine. The subject? "A big, epic project," timed to the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring, that would take over the entirety of the … Read More
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In a vulgar election, news organizations green-light profanity

Several major U.S. news organizations have similar standards governing the use of profanity. In general, swear words can run with approval, in quotes and when absolutely essential to the meaning of the story. As Election Day approaches, Donald Trump's candidacy has prompted editors to OK the use of words normally left out of campaign coverage, including several instances in the … Read More
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6 scribes from The New York Times who 'write good'

Donald Trump had this to say as part of his critique of The New York Times: "They don’t write good. They have people over there…they don’t write good. They don’t know how to write good." As a reader of the Times for more than a half-century, I would say that there are days on which Mr. Trump’s review would … Read More
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Should paywalls come down for election coverage?

As Election Day nears, news organizations that keep their journalism behind a paywall will likely give some of it away for free. When The New York Times dropped its paywall for 24 hours before election day in 2012, it was keeping with a policy of providing "critical information" for big breaking news like natural disasters and presidential elections. The … Read More
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New York Times buyout watch, 2016 edition [Updated]

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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