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NY Post and Daily News Discussed Merger

The New York Post and the New York Daily News, two seemingly bitter rivals, recently discussed merging. That makes us feel… Funny. Yet according to Capital New York, it happened. The tabloids had discussed deals — like News Corp. buying the Daily News outright — that would lead to them joining forces.

One option on the table was the Post using the Daily News’ printing press in New Jersey. Another talking point was whether both papers would go digital-only or just one. To that end, the Daily News is apparently well on its way. “The discussions are not about if, they’re about when,” a source told Capital, regarding the Daily News going digital-only.

The talks of a merger between the Post and the Daily News obviously stalled. And it’s a good thing. What would New York be without two tabloids constantly bickering with each other? We don’t even want to think about that.

NY Post and Daily News Show Restraint with Ebola Covers

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A doctor in New York has Ebola, which would seem like open season for The New York Post and The New York Daily News. But take a look at their front pages this morning — there’s not much fear-mongering! In fact, you could say the tabloids exercised some restraint.

At least the the Daily News made sure to note that the doctor had used the trains and went bowling. That should get at least a few people unnecessarily worried. But c’mon! The papers missed a great chance to scare the hell out of New Yorkers.

Really, the fact that the Post and Daily News covers are so tame might be the scariest thing of all.

300 NY Times Staffers Consider Taking Buyouts

newyorktimes-logoNew York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson are apparently going to have an easier time reducing the newsroom by 100 than they thought. According to The New York Post, 300 Times staffers have put in a request with the Newspaper Guild to review their severance packages.

Sulzberger and Thompson announced in early October that they needed to eliminate 100 jobs via either accepted buyouts or, if the number wasn’t reached, layoffs.

Though 300 people are reviewing their packages, it doesn’t mean they’re all in a rush to leave the Grey Lady. “A lot of people were just securing their rights and checking it out,” Grant Glickson, a union rep, told the Post.

Still, the fact that this many people are even giving the move a thought is interesting. It might be because the offer is heavily weighted toward urging veterans out the door. Staffers who have 20 or more years experience will get a bonus of 35 percent of their salary if they accept the Times offer. That could be just be enough to get people thinking of leaving the newspaper grind behind.

The Guardian Overtakes NY Times as Second Most Visited Newspaper Site

The Guardian logo GThe Guardian has overtaken The New York Times as the second most visited English-language newspaper site. In September, theguardian.com drew 42.6 million unique visits, compared to 41.6 million for nytimes.com. The data comes via comScore.

For the Guardian, that represented a 12 percent month-on-month increase, but it still wasn’t enough to crack the top three slots, which are all occupied by Chinese newspaper sites.

Xinhua News Agency (90.2 million uniques), People’s Daily Online (89.1 million) and China Daily Sites (56.4 million) are the most popular, followed by Mail Online, the most popular English-language site (55.8 million).

ComScore’s numbers take into account desktop traffic only.

Another NY Times Front Page Error

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The New York Times is having a rough couple weeks. Today’s front page was published with a glaring typo — “Panic Were Ebola Risk is Tiny; Stoicism Where It’s Real.”

Obviously, no one is perfect, but just last Tuesday the Times published an A1 article without a subhead or a byline. The article also began mid-sentence.

Two front page typos in just two weeks is just not a good look. It is fun for the rest of us, though. So let’s see if they can make it three in a row next week!

Renewal Scam Targets NY Times Subscribers

If you’ve recently received a “renewal notice” from The New York Times, ignore it. It’s a scam. The Times sent out a notice that a variety of “independent solicitation companies” are targeting subscribers to the Times and other publications. The Times stated that there has been no breach of subscriber information.

The bogus companies go by a slew of names, including Associated Publishers Network, Associated Publishers Services, Circulation Billing Services, Customer Access Services, Magazine Payment Services, and more. The bills [pictured] ask consumers to send their payments to an address in Oregon or Nevada.

Times subscribers are automatically renewed, so any request for payment is not from the company.

If you have questions about the scam, you can call the Times (800.698.4637) or send an email to subscriberrelations@nytimes.com.

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NY Times’ Sulzberger: Cuts are ‘Painful’

During a talk at NYU, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. — the New York Times’ publisher — told the audience that the layoffs and buyouts currently making their way through the paper are “painful.”

Early last month, the Times announced it would be reducing its newsroom by 100, via either buyouts or layoffs. In a note explaining the plan, Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson stated, “We know that they will be painful both for the individuals affected and for their colleagues.”

As Capital New York reports, Sulzberger went back to that “painful” description again during his NYU talk. ”We have more journalists today than we’ve ever had in our history,” said Sulzberger. “The skills necessary to succeed in this world are truly changing, and that’s not necessarily age-related. This is not to suggest going through these cycles is not painful. It is.”

We imagine 100 Times staffers agree.

Newspapers are Really Excited About 2016 Election

Editors at America’s top 15 newspapers are losing their minds with excitement about the 2016 presidential election. According to a new Pew study, in the first nine months of the year there have been 541 articles written about the election. That’s already double the amount of articles that were written about the 2012 presidential election during the same period in 2010.

Unsurprisingly, the two people who get covered the most are Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton. Newspapers surveyed by Pew have already featured 82 articles each about the potential candidates. Keep in mind that neither has officially said they will run. Just imagine what will happen when (not if!) they do.

It’s only 2014, but there is no escape. You must read about the 2016 election. You must read about the 2016 election. YOU MUST READ ABOUT THE 2016 ELECTION.

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New York Times Launches Madison Ads Archive

NYTMadisonNavThink of madison.nytimes.com as a kind of Grey Lady equivalent to Wikipedia. When clicking into the home page, visitors are greeted with the following:

The New York Times archives are full of advertisements that give glimpses into daily life and cultural history. Help us digitize our historic ads by answering simple questions. You’ll be creating a unique resource for historians, advertisers and the public — and leaving your mark on history.

Get started with our collection of ads from the 1960s (additional decades will be opened later)!

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NY Times Publishes Error-Filled Front Page

Editors at The New York Times won’t look back on today fondly. Not because of a particularly sad news item, but because of an error-filled front page.

Somehow, an A1 article was published without a sub-headline or a byline. It also began mid-sentence. That’s about as bad as it gets.

The Times’ David Gelles, who tweeted the image, accurately described it as “painful.”

[Image: Twitter/David Gelles]

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