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New York Times Amends Carol Vogel Article

NYTEditorsNoteLogoThe first paragraph of Carol Vogel‘s July 25 New York Times article no longer reads like this. The text has been amended and the following Editors’ Note has been added at the bottom:

Editors’ Note: July 30, 2014
The Inside Art column on July 25, about a planned exhibition of the works of the Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo, started with a description of the artist’s life and eccentricities. That passage improperly used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution; it should not have been published in that form. (Editors learned of the problem after publication from a post on FishbowlNY.)

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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.”

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Harvey Weinstein, Ron Meyer and the Secrets of Sheryl Sandberg’s Media Coach

LunchAtMichaelsIt was the usual mix of moguls on the menu (Harvey Weinstein and Ron Meyer at Table Four), seasoned with a smattering of stylistas, social types and a generous side order of  publicists at Michael’s today. The mood was downright festive in the dining room with a birthday celebration for Shari Rollins, who was feted by hubby politico Ed Rollins and a table full of BFFs at Table One, while a group of fashion folks led by Laurie Haspel toasted the return of National Seersucker Day in the center of the room. As the festivities grew more spirited and the decibel level rose, I leaned in to hear every fascinating utterance by my lunch date, Emmy-Award-winning correspondent and media coach to the famous and fabulous, Bill McGowan.

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Bill McGowan and Diane Clehane

As founder and CEO of Clarity Media Group, Bill, who describes himself as a “total Cyrano de Bergerac,” has coached a head-spinning roster of newsmakers, captains of industry and media types to say the just right thing at the right time on air and in front of an audience when it really counts. He’s crystallized all his best advice and culled it down into a highly digestible, compulsively readable book, Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time (HarperBusiness), which was published in April. “I’ve been coaching HarperCollins authors for 12 years; now I am one,” said Bill. And, trust me, he’s got plenty of material. In the course of his 25-year career in television, Bill conducted thousands (!) of interviews and worked on ABC News’ 20/20, CBS News’ 48 Hours, Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel and Current Affair. He also worked with the “very generous” Bill O’Reilly back in the day at WCBS News as a desk assistant when Fox’s future front man gave him his first on-air shout-out. “I was 21 at the time and he was always really good to me.”

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Texas Monthly to Sue NY Times

The parent company of Texas Monthly is suing The New York Times for hiring Jake Silverstein — Texas Monthly’s editor — as the new editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine.

According to the Times, Emmis Publishing is claiming that that the Times influenced Silverstein into breaching his contract. The lawsuit states that Silverstein’s contract expires in February of next year.

Eileen Murphy, a Times spokesperson, described the lawsuit as “inexplicable.”

“We had an understanding with Emmis during the search that Jake would be permitted to exit his contract with Emmis and take the job,” Murphy told the Times. “We believe there is no basis for a lawsuit. We look forward to having Mr. Silverstein join the Times next month and help us shape the future of the magazine.”

This probably isn’t how Silverstein envisioned the next step in his career beginning.

Correction (4/12 9:20 am):
An earlier version of this post stated that Emmis was suing the Times and Silverstein. Emmis is suing only the Times.

Robert Christie, New York Times Communications Exec, Departs Company

Robert Christie, senior vice president of corporate communications for The New York Times Company since 2010, is leaving the company. Christie came to the Times from Dow Jones & Company.

According to the Times, after Christie leaves, his position will be eliminated. Eileen Murphy, vice president of corporate communications, will lead the department going forward.

“Bob’s extensive experience and broad range of contacts in the industry have been very valuable over the past three years,” wrote Mark Thompson, CEO of the Times, in a memo.

Twitter Suspends New York Times Parody Account [Update]

Apparently the execs at The New York Times do not have a sense of humor. The paper complained to Twitter about a parody account, called @NYTOnIt, which posted many ridiculous and obviously stupid trend stories published by the Times. The account is now suspended. A sample tweet from NYTOnIt was “Guys, boys want muscles and the Times is ON IT.”

According to Poynter, the paper said that the account’s use of the Times “T” is a violation of its trademark. Never mind that the NYTOnIt account, written by Benjamin Kabak, has an altered logo and even includes “This is a parody account clearly not associated with any newspaper” in its bio.

Eileen Murphy, spokesperson for the Times, admitted to Poynter that the paper had complained.

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China Blocks New York Times After Article Discloses Prime Minister’s Extreme Wealth

China has blocked access to The New York Times’s website (both in English and in Chinese) after the paper published a piece on its Prime Minister’s extreme wealth. The piece — written by David Barboza — reports that Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his family have accumulated about $2.7 billion in assets.

According to the Times, the article went online at 4:34 am Friday in China; by 7 am the sites were blocked. The government is also trying to block online searches for “The New York Times” and mentions of the paper or article on a popular blogging site. The report is upsetting Chinese officials because it soils the reputation of Wen, who is stepping down this spring.

The Times, meanwhile, is trying to get the site unblocked. ”We hope that full access is restored shortly, and we will ask the Chinese authorities to ensure that our readers in China can continue to enjoy New York Times journalism,” said Times spokesperson, Eileen Murphy, in a statement. “We will continue to report and translate stories applying the same journalistic standards that are upheld across The New York Times.”

The Problem with the Daily Mail‘s Latest Internet Brag

Contrary to what is being widely reported, London’s Daily Mail is not the world’s most read English-language newspaper site. It’s apparently beating NYTimes.com only because the UK publication’s December 2011 comScore stats also factor in traffic from a sister site (pictured).

Per a report in The Guardian by Dan Greenslade:

A [New York Times co.] spokeswoman, Eileen Murphy, disputed the way the comScore figures are compiled. She says the Mail only passed the Times by including in its total a personal finance site published by the paper.

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The New York Times is Raising Home Delivery Rates

The New York Times is raising home delivery rates for the first time in almost three years. Poytner has the rate hike breakdown, but first, we suggest you brace yourself. Okay, maybe just take a deep breath. The cost is going up 30 to 60 cents, depending on what package you use.

Eileen Murphy, Vice President of Communications for the paper, said the hike works out to about a four percent increase.

“This is our first home delivery rate increase in two and a half years — and necessary for us to keep up with the costs of providing the nation’s most honored journalism,” stated a letter presented to readers in their sunday papers.

The increase starts on January 2, so you still have some time to debate if you can spare 60 more cents for a fantastic product.

New York Times Plans to Reduce Newsroom Staff

The New York Times announced today plans to eliminate up to 20 newsroom positions and seek additional savings in the business units.

The reductions are described by the New York Times Company as a rebalancing. Jill Abramson, the paper’s executive editor, said in a email to employees, the company will seek volunteers for buyouts in The Times newsroom. Abramson added, though, no newsroom staffer will be laid off.  

She said there would be “fewer than 20” buyouts.

The Times reports, the company will seek to cut costs on the business side by eliminating positions that are vacant and by offering a limited number of buyouts.

“This is part of our continuing efforts to rebalance our business and news operations and strategically invest in hiring to support new digital initiatives and expand our presence around the world,” a company spokeswoman, Eileen Murphy was quoted on The Times‘ website.

The company said it would seek to complete the staff reduction by the end of the year.

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