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Ravi Somaiya to leave The New York Times media desk

Ravi Somaiya, a media reporter for The New York Times, is leaving the newspaper to join the newsmagazine “Vice on HBO,” it was announced today. Somaiya, formerly an editor at Gawker, joined The New York Times in 2012. In a memo to staff, New York Times business editor Dean Murphy hailed Somaiya as "a collegial presence" who pitches … Read More
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NFL would face uphill battle in legal clash with New York Times, experts say

If the NFL intends to sue The New York Times for its recent exposé of the league's concussion research, it better be prepared for a tough slog. On Monday, the NFL sent a letter to The New York Times demanding that the newspaper retract a recent front-page story that called into question concussion analysis that the league has … Read More
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Meet Beta, the team that brings The New York Times to your smartphone

On the ninth floor of The New York Times building, way up above the heart of the newsroom, is a decidedly un-Timesean operation. For one thing, there are people working together on couches. Nearby rooms are festooned with sticky notes and scribbling from whiteboard markers. Staffers file in and out of conference rooms to have conversations that often have little … Read More
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Does The Washington Post really have a bigger audience than BuzzFeed? Probably not.

The Washington Post has lately taken to trumpeting its increasing traffic figures on a semi-regular basis. In November 2015, when it squeaked by The New York Times in unique visitors, it published a memo from Digital Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz touting the paper's growing audience and flagging some of its most popular content. The announcement was greeted with interest … Read More
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New York Times cracks down on anonymous sources

The New York Times on Tuesday unveiled a stricter policy for anonymous sourcing, requiring every instance of anonymity to be approved by a top editor at the newspaper. The guidelines, announced to the newsroom in an email from Executive Editor Dean Baquet, were reached after consultation with the Times' "most experienced reporters and editors" and demands that faceless sourcing be … Read More
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The Atlantic's James Bennet will be editorial page editor of The New York Times

James Bennet, the editor in chief of The Atlantic, will replace Andrew Rosenthal as editorial page editor of The New York Times, the paper announced Monday morning. The announcement follows a report from POLITICO Media that Bennet was being considered for a "senior newsroom role" at The New York Times that might put him in line to succeed Executive … Read More
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As March Madness approaches, two reporters take a withering look at the NCAA

"Indentured" is a harsh term to employ in describing many college athletes. But it's the carefully chosen title of a new book on college sports and, in particular, the role of a goliath overseer, the NCAA. The book is the handiwork of New York Times reporter-columnist Joe Nocera and New York Times contributing writer Ben Strauss. It's concerned with … Read More
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The New York Times to launch TV website

The New York Times is launching Watching, a website "focused on helping readers sort through the mountains of video content released on streaming services and cable," according to Digiday. The website will be edited by Gilbert Cruz, the television editor at The New York Times, according to Digiday. Margaret Lyons, who recently announced her departure from Vulture, will … Read More
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The New York Times joins the ad-blocking wars

The New York Times on Monday joined the ranks of online publishers who are asking readers to consider alternatives to ad blocking. Multiple tweets began circulating Monday showing that visitors to The New York Times with ad-blockers enabled are asked to become digital subscribers or allow the Times to serve ads. This is new … Read More
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The New York Times is developing a new policy for anonymous sourcing

At first glance, it could have been mistaken for a joke. In an irony-drenched tweet, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan announced that the Gray Lady is developing a new policy for anonymous attribution, citing newsroom sources "who asked to remain nameless to avoid career suicide." NYT sources, who asked to remain nameless to … Read More
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The New York Times couldn't decide on just 1 David Carr fellow, so it chose 3

The New York Times has chosen Amanda Hess, Greg Howard and John Herrman as the first recipients of the David Carr fellowship. More than 600 people applied for the two-year fellowship, according to a press release. The fellowship was originally going to just one person. “We found these three candidates so compelling that we decided to select all … Read More
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The New York Times announces newsroom strategy review as print declines continue

Digital up, print down was nearly a refrain as The New York Times reported fourth quarter and full year financial results today. For instance digital-only subscriptions grew 53,000 year-to-year, roughly 5 percent, in the quarter. However print circulation was down 6.9 percent daily and 4.4 percent Sunday. CEO Mark Thompson said that he expects to add another 50,000 digital … Read More
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Are you ready to cover (and work through) Blizzard 2016?

On Monday, WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show will launch a reboot with a tighter local focus. "The ethos of the show is to be the meeting place for conversations Washingtonians care about," said Michael Martinez, a producer for the show. "In that sense, the storm is gonna be the conversation on Monday, and this will put us smack dab … Read More
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20 years ago, a bunch of journalists huddled around a boxy monitor to watch The New York Times meet the Web

Twenty years ago, The New York Times launched NYTimes.com, making its journalism available to subscribers "the night before they receive the physical newspaper," Rich Meislin, senior editor of information and technology, told staff in a memo on Jan. 22, 1996. Needless to say, it would also engage the part of our mandate concerning giving the newspaper experience in the world … Read More