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Posts Tagged ‘Philip Corbett’

NY Times Editors Refuse to End ‘GIF’ Pronunciation Debate

6C7208235-MATT-DANCE-2.blocks_desktop_smallThe New York Times has published an interesting piece on Deadspin’s GIF creator Timothy Burke, and in doing so, has once again sparked the debate on how, exactly, everyone should pronounce “GIF.” The Times linked to its piece on Steve Wilhite, the creator of the GIF, who said the word should be said as if saying “Jif,” like the peanut butter. Meanwhile, the rest of the civilized world pronounces it “gift” without the “t.”

Noticing that the Internet was on the verge of a meltdown, Complex decided to ask Philip Corbett, the Times’ standards editor, if “jif” was the official Times way. He wouldn’t say. “I wasn’t involved in the discussions about today’s story and I think I want to steer well clear of the heated debate over the pronunciation of GIF,” Corbett told Complex. “I know a no-win situation when I see one.”

Complex then dug deeper, and asked Jason Stallman, the Times’ sports editor, about the proper way to say GIF. He wouldn’t say either. “Hate to do it, but gotta say no comment to this one,” he explained. ”I’m out of the country and just not really in position to weigh in on this eternal question.”

Thus the battle rages on. But if you really want to know, of course it’s “gift” without the “t.” Don’t be an idiot.

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New York Times Says Fashion Photos Can Be Altered

Some drama occurred recently when Deborah Needleman, editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, said she considered adding some fat to a cover model she thought was too thin. Naturally some people were outraged, because they apparently have never picked up a magazine. Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor, followed up on the situation, and found that the Times holds fashion photos to a different standard than news photos.

Michele McNally, the Times’ assistant managing editor for photography, explained, “Fashion is fantasy. Readers understand this. It’s totally manipulated, with everything done for aesthetics.” Philip Corbett, associate managing editor for standards, added, “This is a different genre of photography [than news]. It has different goals, different tools and techniques, and there is a different expectation on the part of the reader.”

In other words: Don’t be an idiot. Of course fashion photos are altered. If you’re upset by this, consider taking photos meant to sell material goods a little less seriously.

New York Times Suspends Andrew Goldman for Twitter Remark

The New York Times has decided to discipline Andrew Goldman, the writer of the “Talk” feature in the Times Magazine, for his Twitter outburst last week. Goldman had drawn criticism for lashing out at a female author when she suggested his material was sexist. Capital New York received an email from the magazine’s editor, Hugo Lindgren, that stated Goldman will keep his job at the Times Magazine, but will be suspended for four weeks.

The decision to take Goldman to task is timely, considering the paper’s standards editor — Philip Corbett — just sent out a memo reminding staffers of the company’s social media guidelines.

In the note — available in full on the public editor’s blog — there is a section mentioning freelancers:

As with all of our ethics guidelines, these principles also apply to freelancers in connection with their work for The Times. Readers do not distinguish among bylines, and regular contributors in particular are closely associated with The Times. Editors have a responsibility to ensure that freelancers understand their obligation to protect The Times’s reputation.