June 2, 2015

The recommendations listed in last year’s New York Times innovation report — an extensive look at the outlet’s digital successes and shortcomings — have all been implemented, company chairman Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. announced Tuesday.

The news came during during a morning session of the World News Media Congress held at The Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., where media leaders from around the world convened to discuss the frontiers, practices and trends in media.

According to tweets from those attending the session, Sulzberger made several updates about the state of The New York Times. Among them:

  • Sulzberger says the recommendations made in the innovation report were “modest” and “all have been implemented in less than a year,” according to media blogger and CUNY professor Jeff Jarvis.
  • Sulzberger says that Facebook, which has teamed up with The New York Times and other organizations for its “Instant Articles” program, has been a “good partner,” according to Shayne Currie, editor of the New Zealand Herald.

  • Sulzberger says The New York Times is now replacing staff that it lost in its most recent round of buyouts, “but these are new jobs/functions,” according to Jarvis.
  • The New York Times’ digital traffic has increased by 28 percent in the last year, and mobile traffic has increased by more than 50 percent, according to a tweet from Katie Yaeger, a summer fellow at the American Press Institute.
  • The World News Media Congress will continue through Wednesday. For more updates, follow the hashtag #wnc15.

    Correction: This headline has been updated to attribute the above statements to Arthur O. Sulzberger, chairman of The New York Times Company. This story has also been amended to say that the recommendations in the New York Times innovation report have been “implemented” rather than “fulfilled.”

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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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