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Breaking Down NYT’s Latest Immersive Offering ‘The Jockey’

Another great behind-the-presses feature from journalism.co.uk technology editor Sarah Marshall. She talked to Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Barry Bearak and New York Times associate managing editor Steve Duenes about “The Jokey,” the paper’s race-track themed follow-up to “Snowfall.”

Former NYT sports editor Joe Sexton hatched the idea of a profile piece of 50,000+ races jockey Russell Baze. It took a long time to come together, which was fortuitous, because when Baze finally said yes, “Snowfall” had just run and generated major traction:

Videographer and photographer Chang Lee was brought in and, along with graphics editor Xaquín GV, set up a complicated shoot, involving Baze wearing a miniature Pivothead camera on his goggles to provide point-of-view video footage, and 15 GoPro cameras around the track to capture the jockey racing…

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New York Times Experiments with Trailer for Article [Update]

The New York Times wants you to get excited about an upcoming article titled “The Jockey,” so they’ve put together a trailer for it. The 36-second video doesn’t reveal much about the piece, other than it has something do with a — wait for it… Jockey. And maybe a horse or two.

The piece is penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Barry Bearak, which means it’ll be worth reading. So why do we need a trailer for it? A trailer for an article just seems a bit excessive. Maybe we should’ve published a trailer for this post about a trailer for an article. Next time.

Please note that if the Times had simply added some Inception noises to The Jockey video we would’ve been more into it.

Update (8:35 pm):
The Jockey is now live. It’s very “Snow Fall” in its scale.

Ken Reich: L.A. Times Becoming A “Lauging Stock”

laughisssng.gifFormer L.A. Times editor Ken Reich has some harsh words for new head ed Russ Stanton and his policies — particularly the “cracking down” on using anonymous sources.

Reich notes that former LAT reporter Barry Bearak had a terrifically interesting account in the Sunday NYT of his imprisonment for publishing reports about the Zimbabwean election — stories dependent upon anonymous sources.

Reich gives Stanton credit for naming Davan Maharaj as managing editor, but otherwise dismisses everything the guy has done: “He continues to show his lack of intellect and sophistication. Under him, and his patron, David Hiller, the paper is slowly becoming a laughing stock.”

Slowly? As Kevin Roderick notes today, LAT has posted the biggest percentage drop of the top 10 U.S. papers. At least we’re lead in something.