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NY Daily News Publishes Powerful Eric Garner Cover


Another week, another grand jury deciding not to press charges against a white cop who killed a black man.

Newspapers — especially The New York Daily News — showed the power of print with a bold front page denouncing the decision to let Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who killed Eric Garner, go free.

The Daily News front page is moving in the most depressing way possible — it’s great, but why does a cover like this even exist?

More NY Times Buyouts [Updated]

NYTimeslogoThe list of New York Times staffers taking buyouts continues to grow. The latest include media reporter Christine Haughney and special projects editor Lexi Mainland.

Both veterans announced their departures on Twitter. “After 8 years with @nytimes including nearly 3 years writing about my colleagues in the troubled newspaper industry, I am taking a buyout” wrote Haughney. “After 8.5 years, I’m moving on from @nytimes,” tweeted Mainland. “It’s been the thrill of a lifetime to play a part in the world’s best journalism.”

The full list of staffers taking a buyout is below. We’re updating each day, so if we missed any, please let us know.

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NY Times Vet Bill Carter Takes Buyout

carterThe names of New York Times staffers who are accepting buyouts are starting to trickle out. The latest? Bill Carter, a 25-year veteran of the paper. According to The Huffington Post, Carter described leaving the Times as a “really wrenching and agonizing decision.”

Carter had been with the Times since 1989, when he joined as a media reporter. He previously worked for The Baltimore Sun. Carter, who has already penned two books on late night TV, is working on another.

“I love this job and I love the Times,” Carter told HuffPost. “I would never do this under other circumstances. I feel the economic pressure to do this.”

Other Times staffers who have accepted buyouts include Fern TurkowitzDavid FirestoneJoseph Berger, Lon TeterBrian KnowltonFloyd NorrisDavid Corcoran and Yasmin Namini.

David Carr Discusses NY Times Buyouts

NYtimes buildingToday is the deadline for New York Times staffers to accept buyout packages. As we’ve reported, if 100 people do not take the offers, there will be cuts. As of last week only about 30 staffers had inquired about the buyout, meaning it’s going to be a rough week at the Times. In his latest column, the Times’ David Carr discusses the uncomfortableness of it all:

I work closely with a few longtime employees who are considering the buyouts. The deadline for putting up their hand is Monday, and it seems clear that we will be losing people with many decades of professional experience, journalists with deep sources and remarkable levels of productivity.

Carr approaches the ordeal with a nice amount of honesty, especially because he’s writing about Times layoffs in the Times. His take is that he understands why it’s happening, but that doesn’t make him worry any less.

“The Times will always be bigger than any one individual and will no doubt find people inside and outside the building who will do their own version of amazing things, but it’s still scary to think about making our way without some of the people who plan to leave,” writes Carr.

NY Times Blasts St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

NYTimeslogoMost people who watched the press conference given by St. Louis country prosecutor Bob McCulloch likely came away wondering what, exactly, had just happened. As The New York Times editorial board explains, it was a disaster from start to finish.

The Times notes that even before the press conference — in which McCulloch announced that no charges would be issued against Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown — McCulloch was screwing things up with a purpose.

Instead of sorting through the mountains of evidence for the grand jury, McCulloch let the grand jury do it themselves. Then, the deliberations — which usually last a few days — went on for three months. ”And since grand jury proceedings are held in secret, the drawn-out process fanned suspicions that Mr. McCulloch was deliberately carrying on a trial out of public view, for the express purpose of exonerating Officer Wilson,” reported the Times.

This was all before the disastrous press conference:

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Layoffs Coming to NY Times

For some New York Times staffers, the holidays are not going to be so great. Even if aunt Lisa gets too drunk and tries to wrestle grandma again. According to The New York Post, layoffs are coming to the paper, as not enough people are choosing to take buyouts.

In early October, the Times announced to staffers that it needed to reduce its newsroom by 100. If enough staffers took the buyouts being offered, then no additional cuts would need to be made. As of yesterday, the number of buyout requests had only reached “the high 30s,” according to the Newspaper Guild’s rep at the Times.

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NY Times Names First Innovation and Strategy Editor

NYTimeslogoThe New York Times has named Kinsey Wilson editor for innovation and strategy, a new role at the paper. Wilson comes to the Times from NPR, where he served as executive VP and chief content officer since 2008.

At the Times, Wilson will be tasked with expanding the paper’s digital offerings and guiding its mobile strategies.

Dean Baquet, the Times’ executive editor, described Wilson as “a pioneer in digital journalism.” “I have known him for years and am delighted that he has agreed to bring his substantial talents to the Times as we continue down the path to our digital future,” added Baquet.

Wilson will begin his new role in February. He’ll report to Baquet.

Newspapers React to Darren Wilson Ruling

Last night a grand jury ruled that Darren Wilson would not face any charges in the killing of Michael Brown. Newspapers across the nation reacted with startling images on their front pages. Unfortunately, most chose to showcase the unrest in Ferguson, but some — like The Chicago Sun-Times — went with more moving images.


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NY Times Staffers Answer Thanksgiving Questions

If you’ve got questions about preparing Thanksgiving dinner, The New York Times has answers. Sam Sifton, the Times’ food editor; Melissa Clark, a food columnist; and Eric Asimov, a wine critic, are all answering questions on the Times’ Facebook page right now.

A quick example: One person asked for the best way to cook two large turkeys. “Yes, definitely cook them at the same time if they will both fit in your oven and if you have 2 roasting pans,” replied Clark. “If you don’t (or they don’t) one idea is to spatchcock them. Then spread them out on rimmed sheet pans to roast. You should be able to get both in the oven at the same time if you do it this way. Bonus: they will roast up in an hour or so.” See? Solid advice from smart people.

Please note that the Times staffers will not be able to help you figure out why your uncle Carl drinks so much.

NY Times Corrects Article with Fake Kanye Quote

The editors at The New York Times don’t think much of Kanye West. If they did, they’d probably be skeptical of a quote in which he said his butt was superior to Kim Kardashian’s. That’s a bit much, even for Kanye. Instead, the editors ran an article with such a quote, despite it being pulled from satirical site The Daily Currant:

At least the editors have now learned two lessons: 1) The Daily Currant is a fake news site and 2) No one has a better butt than Kim Kardashian.

(h/t: Jim Romenesko)