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Rick Berke Leaves NY Times for Politico [Updated]

Rick Berke, who has been with The New York Times since 1986, is leaving the paper to join Politico as its executive editor. David Joachim, Washington Weekend editor for the Times, tweeted the news.

Berke was most recently the Times’ assistant managing editor for news. He started at the Times as a night editor in the paper’s Washington bureau. Berke also served as the Times’ national political correspondent for over 10 years. As a reporter, he covered four presidential campaigns.

Prior to joining the Times, Berke was a reporter for The Baltimore Evening Sun from 1981 to 1986.

Update (1:00 pm):
Below is the memo John Harris, Politico’s editor, sent to staffers announcing Berke’s appointment.

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Rick Berke Named New York Times Senior Editor and Director of Video

The New York Times has named Rick Berke senior editor and director of video content development. We first learned of Berke’s move late last month after the dust had settled from the buyouts. Berke was most recently an assistant managing editor.

“Rick will draw on his deep knowledge of the newsroom, his ability to nurture talent and his eye for a great story to come up with original and compelling content that reflects the highest standards of our journalism,” said Jill Abramson and Dean Baquet, in a memo to staffers.

The full note from Abramson and Baquet is below.

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New York Times Restructures Masthead

Now that the buyouts are over, the New York Times has announced some changes to its masthead. According to the Times, the changes sought (the paper wanted 30 staffers to accept the offer) were “accomplished primarily through” the buyouts and therefore “layoffs were kept to a minimum.” That means that yes, there were some layoffs at the paper, but we’re just not sure who they were. Yet.

A brief roundup of the masthead changes:

  • As expectedLarry Ingrassia is now an assistant managing editor for new initiatives
  • Jason Stallman, most recently deputy sports editor, has been promoted to sports editor
  • Janet Elder is now an assistant managing editor, “with responsibility for overseeing newsroom resources, including the budget, as well as dealing with compensation and staff development.”
  • Ian Fisher is now an assistant managing editor for content operations
  • Rick Berke will remain an assistant managing editor, but will now shift his focus to video
  • Glenn Kramon, another assistant managing editor, will join the business department to oversee technology coverage
  • A new culture editor will be named soon

Top New York Times Editors Prepare for Shakeup

With the deadline for accepting the buyout package offered by the New York Times looming, the paper’s top editors are bracing for what Daily Intelligencer describes as “a three-year plan to downsize the company as it migrates to a new business model.” That plan involves realignments as well as staff and budget cuts.

According to rumors, Jill Abramson is “begging and pleading” with editors to accept the buyout so that they don’t have to make too many cuts. Those feeling the heat the most include John Geddes, Rick Berke, Gerry Marzorati, Jim Roberts and Susan Edgerly.

One top editor who is 100 percent in the clear is Larry Ingrassia, who Abramson said was going to take on a “larger role” in a memo  sent out in early December. The recent rumors back that up:

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Who Knew? NYT Has A Sense Of Humor

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“The Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones visited The New York Times‘ offices for a segment on last night’s show, skewering the paper’s stuffy reputation and insistence on printing news a day late despite competition from the digital world.

Jones stumped assistant managing editor Rick Berke with his take on “aged news,” challenging Berke to find anything in the paper “that happened today.” Executive editor Bill Keller seemed a little more amenable to the gentle ribbing. He even laughed at Jones’ timely joke about the creaky old rag’s balance sheets. Hint: what’s black and white and red all over?

However, Keller did manage to get in some digs on The Huffington Post, Google and Drudge, pointing out that they’ll never have Baghdad bureaus “because it’s expensive, because it’s dangerous.” Meanwhile, Keller envisions the Times as one of the last ships afloat in a sea of lifeboats “with people dying to clamber on board.” But, as Jones points out, their lifeboat is made of paper, so good luck if that ship ever goes down.