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Quartz: The New York Times finding ways around Chinese censors

Quartz | The Huffington Post

Ever since 2012, when The New York Times published a story about the hidden fortune stashed away by the family of Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao, China’s censors have blocked both the paper’s English-language and Chinese-language websites.

Now, Quartz writer Heather Timmons reports that The New York Times has deployed a number of strategies to spread its stories to web platforms that haven’t yet been censored by the Chinese authorities, then pivoting and finding new platforms as fast as the government discovers and censors their old ones. These techniques include setting up “mirror” websites that simultaneously publish New York Times stories about China, creating new mobile news apps for Chinese readers to use to download stories directly to their phones, and setting up accounts on Chinese social media wherein to post stories. Read more

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Inside The New York Times’ newsletter strategy

On Friday, The New York Times Magazine announced the launch of a new weekly newsletter which will appear in the inboxes of subscribers every Thursday. For those counting at home, The New York Times now has more than 30 newsletters in its portfolio, which spans topics including cooking, lifestyles and parenting.

The Times has been expanding its roster of newsletters in recent months, said Dork Alahydoian, the paper’s executive director of product. The paper has launched more than a dozen within the last year, and newsletters now collectively rank among the top five sources for referral traffic, above Pinterest. The weekly newsletters have an average gross open rate of 50 percent, which outstrips the industry average for media and publishing by about 25 percent, according to a study by digital marketing technology company Silverpop. Read more

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Here are 10 of the best ‘NYT corrects’

Writing a correction isn’t fun, but often reading a correction is. As you can see below, following the corrections that come out of The New York Times is an irregular feature here at Poynter, which my former editor Andrew Beaujon started and my colleague Ben Mullin has carried on. So here, in absolutely no particular order, are screenshots and links to 10 of the best.

NYT Corrects: Pope didn’t open heaven to pets

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NYT corrects: It hasn’t been 924 years since Germany won the World Cup

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NYT corrects: Dick Cheney was never president

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NYT corrects: Bald eagles’ poop isn’t purple

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NYT corrects: It’s ‘Fluttershy,’ not ‘Flutteryshy’

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NYT corrects: St. Patrick banished snakes, not slaves, from Ireland

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NYT corrects: Wookiee has two ‘e’s

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NYT corrects: ‘She is a performer from the show, not a drag queen from the show’

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NYT corrects: Sea level threatens Miami in future, not past

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NYT corrects: Writer’s name is not ‘Chillian J. Read more

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The New York Times now has ‘One-Sentence Stories’ for your Apple Watch

The New York Times Company

On Tuesday, The New York Times Company announced a new feature for the Apple Watch, “One-Sentence Stories.” The Apple Watch will also get breaking news alerts with this app extension, which will be released on April 24.

The New York Times has developed a new form of storytelling to help readers catch up in seconds on Apple Watch. One-sentence stories, crafted specially for small screens, will provide the news at a glance across many Times sections, including Business, Politics, Science, Tech and The Arts.

“This isn’t a downstream experience–we specifically did not want to pull headlines or shrink stories down for a smaller screen, but rather create one-sentence stories written exclusively for the Watch,” Linda Zebian, the Times’ director of communications, told Poynter in an email. Read more

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The New York Times linked John Bolton’s op-ed to a story making the opposite case

The Intercept

Yesterday, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton published an op-ed in the pages of The New York Times, arguing that the United States has no choice but to bomb Iran. “Only military action like Israel’s 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor … can accomplish what is required,” Bolton wrote.

But The Intercept’s Jon Schwarz noticed something odd about that sentence in the paper’s online edition. The reference to Israel’s attack on the Osirak reactor contained a link to a Washington Post op-ed that argued that far from crippling Iraq’s nuclear weapons program, Israel’s attack actually compelled Saddam Hussein to employ 7,000 scientists and spend $10 billion in pursuit of a nuclear bomb.

This is not exactly the sort of supporting link that Bolton might have hoped for. Read more

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NYT reporter Tanzina Vega moves to CNN Politics

New York Times reporter Tanzina Vega will join CNN Politics to cover the intersection of technology, politics and civil rights, according to a Friday staff memo from CNN Politics Executive Editor Rachel Smolkin.

Vega, who will report from CNN’s New York office, will examine the ways that 2016 campaigns are using “technology, the evolution of micro targeting and new twists in voter registration,” according to the memo:

She’ll build on the work that she has done so well at the Times, including her smart coverage of race and ethnicity. This is an important area where we will distinguish ourselves going into 2016.

In January, The New York Times moved Vega from the national race beat to covering the Bronx courthouse, prompting several journalists and media watchers to speculate about the future of race coverage at The New York Times. Read more

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The New York Times, ‘PBS Newshour’ strike video-sharing agreement

The New York Times and “PBS NewsHour” have entered into an agreement to share video journalism, including news reports and longer documentaries, on a regular basis, the outlets announced Thursday.

The deal specifies that both news organizations will begin to offer each other footage for use on their websites and social channels.

This announcement formalizes an arrangement that manifested recently when “PBS NewsHour” aired a New York Times video about the film giant Kodak attempting to reinvent itself, according to the announcement. The program also broadcast two other videos from The New York Times, including an in-depth look at the life of Times Tehran Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink.

The agreement does not include a provision for sharing revenue, according to a spokesperson for The New York Times. Read more

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6 questions raised by Facebook’s reported deal with publishers

If Facebook is able to persuade media organizations to go along with its newest idea, it will be, no kidding, a game-changer.

The New York Times reported last night that Facebook is talking with the Times, National Geographic, BuzzFeed and others about a plan that would have the news organizations hosting their mobile content on Facebook rather than linking back to their own sites.

When I teach newsrooms how to smartly use Facebook, I tell them that it is vital that most posts push the reader back “to the mothership.” By that I mean get the reader onto the newsroom’s website. The reasons are simple: That’s where the ads are, that’s where the metrics are and that’s where the other content that publishers want people to read, watch and listen to is posted. Read more

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What the New York Times learned from pulling its Knicks beat writer this season

When Scott Cacciola started the season as the Knicks beat writer for the New York Times, he didn’t anticipate that by January he would be writing about a girls fifth-grade basketball team in Springfield, Ill. instead of Carmelo Anthony. He thought a February road trip would be to Chicago for a game against the Bulls, not to New Zealand to report on a team in Australia’s National Basketball League.

Cacciola never envisioned going more than two months without seeing a Knicks game in Madison Square Garden. “I hope they still honor my credential,” he joked in anticipation of attending a game this week.

Cacciola’s odd season was the result of sports editor Jason Stallman’s decision to pull him off the Knicks beat in January. In a note to readers on Jan. Read more

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Career Beat: Molly Wood will be a host and reporter at Marketplace

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Molly Wood will be a host and reporter at Marketplace. Previously, she was deputy technology editor at The New York Times. (Email)
  • Felicia Sonmez will edit the China Real Time blog for The Wall Street Journal. She is a China correspondent for Agence France-Presse. (@feliciasonmez)
  • Daniel Wagner will join BuzzFeed News’ investigative team. He is an investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity. (@wagnerreports)
  • Lizette Carbajal is now vice president of community relations at KVEA in Los Angeles. Previously, she was manager of community education and outreach at Southern California Gas Company. (Media Moves)
  • Jay Yarow has been named executive editor at Business Insider. Previously, he was a deputy editor there.
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