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NYT Shutters The Lede

Some important, two-pronged Grey Lady news this afternoon from Andrew Beaujon.

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After revealing that the New York Times has decided to pull the plug on The Lede, the Poynter media reporter followed with a second item. For that one, he got comment confirming that there will be more nytimes.com blogs shutting down in the near future:

[Assistant managing editor Ian] Fisher declined to name which blogs would get the hook next, but he said, “There’s little chance that our marquee blogs, ones like DealBook, Well, Bits, will be going anywhere anytime soon.”

Of the paper’s current blogs, though, “Almost half of them will be gone as a blog or will have merged into something else.” (The Times’ opinion shop has no plans to thin out its blogs, [Times spokesperson Eileen] Murphy said.)

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The last posted item to The Lede is dated May 22, a gap that reflects editor Robert Mackey‘s move to the paper’s foreign desk. Read Beaujon’s full report here.

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