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NY Times Promotes Bruce Headlam and Peter Lattman

The New York Times has promoted Bruce Headlam and Peter Lattman. Details are below, followed by the memo from Jill Abramson, executive editor at the Times, that announced the changes.

  • Headlam, who has been with the Times’ media desk since 2008, will move to video, where he’ll become managing editor of video. He’ll report to Abramson. Headlam will be working closely with Rebecca Howard, general manager of video production.
  • Lattman succeeds Headlam as media editor. Lattman joined the Times in 2010. He has been covering Wall Street, white collar crime and more for DealBook since joining the paper.

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David Carr on Being ‘Old Media Grampy Pants’ and ‘New Media Avatar’

David Carr of The New York Times has opinions on pretty much everything, and — because of his age and experience — a lot of the time those opinions blur the line between old media and new media.

In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Carr opens up about how he stays old and new at the same time. Below are some highlights, click through for the full piece. Also, after the jump, check out Carr on Mediabistro’s My First Big Break.

On Eventually Accepting Twitter:

I do think it’s very helpful in terms of having a human RSS – 600 people I follow, at least half of them I have intersecting professional interests, and I do think it puts me on tempo, in narrative, in a really important way.

On mixing old and new media:

I made a very conscious decision that – Am I an old media grampy pants or a new media avatar? And the answer is: I’m both.

On turning things over to experts:

I fight with Bruce Headlam, who’s my top editor, I’m always dumping quotes into my column and he says, ‘People care what you think, and a lot of times what I think is what they think. I’m not the kind of person who can just watch things going by and put a little extra sauce on it. I mean, I think I’m a good writer and a good thinker but my stuff always gets better with phone calls.

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Bruce Headlam on ‘The Daily Show’

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Here’s Bruce Headlam, the New York Times’ Media Editor, on The Daily Show discussing the Page One documentary and other things. Headlam says that he didn’t want to participate in the movie, but that enough of the media reporters did, so he agreed. He also admits something that those in the New York media scene might not want to hear: That media reporting isn’t that important.

When Jon Stewart asks him if the Times was concerned the film would capture an “obsolete time in America,” Headlam replies that he was a little worried, because “We cover the media, we’re not the most important part of the Times.” Imagine! A media reporter admitting that what he does isn’t the most vital thing ever! It’s rather jarring.

If you’re a media reporter, go ahead and take a minute to compose yourself. After you’ve recovered, watch the rest of the clip, because it’s pretty interesting.

Page One Media Editor Bruce Headlam on The Daily Show

New York Times media editor, Page One star and FishbowlLA favorite Bruce Headlam was on The Daily Show last night, filling in for an apparently disease-ridden Andrew Rossi. Headlam spent a bit of time explaining how online advertising revenue just isn’t up to par with what newspaper ad revenue continues to command. Which is undoubtedly the reason newspapers still exist in physical form. Headlam had some interesting things to say, but we would have liked it if he pointed out that many online content providers don’t just save expenses by not sending people to Iraq, they save money by not paying their writers.

Previously on FishbowlLA: Page One and David Carr at the LA Film Festival

Page One and David Carr at the LA Film Fest

Andrew Rossi‘s Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times made its LA Film Festival debut last night and did not disappoint. The film really should have been called “A Year At the Media Section of the New York Times,” but we digress. It was great. The collapse of the newspaper business model, online competition from aggregators like Newser and click hunters like Nick Denton‘s Gawker network, and the challenges of no longer being informational gatekeepers are all discussed at length. No real surprises for anyone who works in the journalism world, but a nice primer for those outside the business.

Journos are bound to have their favorite moments in the film. Two immediately come to mind: Carr tearing the editors of Vice a new asshole during a salty (to put it mildly) interview, and media editor Bruce Headlam somehow managing to give an interview to Rossi, make last minute edits to a huge front-page WikiLeaks story and answer his phone all at the same time. Headlum’s not the star of the film, but there can’t be a journalist in America who saw that guy in action and wouldn’t kill to have him as an editor.
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How the New York Times Really Feels About Its Portrayal in ‘Page One’

Overall, the reviews for Andrew Rossi‘s Page One: Inside the New York Times have been strong all around. It’s scoring an 81 percent on Rottentomatoes.com, and Lisa Schwarzbaum at Entertainment Weekly reviewed that “it’s not quite the same thrill as glimpsing the man behind the curtain of the great and powerful Oz, but for journalism junkies, the fascination of Page One: Inside The New York Times is something like that.” But for Rossi, just as important as the critics’ reactions are likely the reactions of the stars of the film at the Times. Thanks to New York magazine and Esquire, we were able to collect the inside scoop on how the men of the Times felt about the way they were portrayed. Here is what they have been saying:

David Carr: “If you want to signal to people that you’re a big jerk, walking around with a camera behind you is a good way to do it…but by the time the movie gets done, we look like action figures. Like, ‘WOW!’ But that really isn’t what our job is like.” (Daily Intel)

Brian Stelter: “It’s hard watching the version of myself that’s onscreen… When the film started production, I was 90 pounds heavier, and I lost weight as the film progressed, coincidentally. On the other hand, I’m glad I have a record of it.” (Daily Intel)

Bill Keller: “I saw an earlier edit of it. I found it kind of boring. I told Andrew [Rossi, the director], ‘As an editor, I think this piece would work better if you cut it down to 60 minutes.’ Then I realized that one reason I found it boring is that it seems very familiar.” (Esquire)

Bruce Headlam: “There are very few women in the documentary. There were women in my group — two out of about ten reporters. They didn’t want to cooperate.” (Daily Intel)

New York Times Staffers Staged Intervention with Keller Over Recent Columns

As time goes by, we can all expect more details to emerge regarding why Bill Keller stepped down. Some of the details will be interesting, some of them won’t be. It’s our job to sort through it and to tell you when something worth discussing comes along. Or, to quote one of FishbowlNY’s favorite movies, “Certain things have come to light, man.”

One of the more notable items that has come out is that Keller’s hate-hate relationship with Arianna Huffington and Twitter apparently ruffled some New York Times writers so much, they held an intervention. Daily Intel reports:

Keller’s columns infuriated some members of the newsroom, especially the Times‘ media desk, who felt that the executive editor should be a kind of impartial honest broker. Times media editor Bruce Headlam and media columnist David Carr had an intervention with Keller to explain how his columns were hurting their ability to cover the industry.

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A Look at a ‘Want Ad’ from The New York Times

Who wouldn’t want to work at The New York Times? Well, aside from people who hate on the paper no matter what happens. Actually, we’re pretty sure even those people would jump at the chance if it was presented.

If you’re a person who would like to work for the best paper in the world, The Cutline got a look at an internal memo from Media Editor Bruce Headlam that isn’t exactly a want ad, but gives you some idea of nonchalant the Times can be, because it’s the Times.

Check it out after the jump.

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Confusion Reigns Over The New York Times Paywall

Last week a few media writers got excited about Bill Keller saying that the New York Times paywall will be going up soon. FishbowlNY didn’t report on it because “soon” doesn’t really mean much when you think about it, and now it seems we were right in holding back.

Arthur Brisbane, the Public Editor for the Times says that even the Times doesn’t know what it’s doing about its paywall. In his column asking why the paper hasn’t covered the launch of the paywall more thoroughly, Brisbane gets this gem of a quote from Media Editor Bruce Headlam:

We haven’t been writing much about the proposed Times paywall because, frankly, there hasn’t been much to report. We still don’t know exactly when the paywall is going up, how much it will cost readers or how many free hits readers will get before hitting the wall. Those are the critical questions we want answered — and believe me, we have asked.

Looks like we all need just a little more patience (yeaaahhhh) when dealing with the paywall issue.