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Posts Tagged ‘Sam Sifton’

‘Clam Chowder Wars’ Spark NYT Reader Woes

Sometimes, the perils of posting a New York Times Magazine piece three-five days ahead of the print bundle hardly seem worth it.

Case in po(in)t: “The Clam Chowder Wars.” About an hour ago, article author Sam Sifton chimed in to the comments as follows:

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New York Times Amends Carol Vogel Article (FishbowlNY)
The first paragraph of Carol Vogel’s July 25 New York Times article no longer reads as it did. The text has been amended and an editors’ note has been added at the bottom. New York Post / Media Ink Vogel is accused of lifting a Wikipedia passage — with a few minor word changes — on the artist’s eccentricities for her lede on a July 24 item, “A Renaissance Master Finally Gets A Showcase.” NYT The Times’ editors’ note, which followed an investigation into Vogel’s work by senior editors, said that the passage “improperly used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution” and should not have been published in that form. HuffPost The Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivan acknowledged the matter Wednesday, writing that there was “little dispute” that the two paragraphs look very much alike. A spokesperson for the Times said that editors are “not aware of any other problems like this,” adding that, “editors have dealt with Carol on the issue.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media It’s the second big plagiarism case in the last week. Over the weekend, BuzzFeed fired Benny Johnson after finding more than 40 instances of plagiarism in his work.

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NY Times Changes Dining Section to ‘Food’

NY Times logo GThe New York Times is making some changes to its Dining section — specifically, it is being renamed “Food” and will be edited by Sam Sifton. Food staffers will also be combined with staffers working on the NYT Cooking site and (yet to be released) app.

Assisting Sifton will be Susan Edgerley, serving as the Food section’s deputy editor.

“The Times has long been a leader in covering all aspects of food and dining,” wrote Dean Baquet, executive editor of the Times, in the memo announcing the news. “The launch of the new Cooking app, along with combining the newsroom’s editing and reporting talent in one team under the direction of Sam and with Susan’s editorial and managerial help, will enhance our coverage and make it even more delightful and useful for readers.”

You can read Baquet’s full note below.

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NY Times Launches ‘NYT Cooking’ Site

The New York Times has launched a new cooking/recipes site, NYT Cooking. The site is currently in beta, but if you’re someone who likes to cook, it’s worth a look.

Among the features: You can save recipes to your Recipe Box and organize them by “Collections” or pre-set categories, like Main Dish, Side Dish and Dessert. If you’re not the brightest bulb in the kitchen ceiling, NYT Cooking denotes simple recipes with a big “Easy” marker. You can even look into several Times’ staffers (including Julia Moskin, Mark BittmanSam Sifton and more) Recipe Boxes for inspiration. There’s even a powerful search option that provides endless filter options, like “weekday,” “fish,” “gluten fee,” etc.

Take a minute and check it out by entering your Times subscription info or your NYTimes.com email and password. And if you end up making that rock fish and spinach gratin, give your FishbowlNY editors a heads up. We’ll bring the wine. Or bourbon. Or just our handsome selves.

Correction (6/10, 10:02 am):
An earlier version of this post stated that visitors to NYT Cooking needed a Times subscription to use the site. Visitors only need to be registered to NYTimes.com to use NYT Cooking. A Times subscription isn’t necessary.

Hollywood, Meet the New York Times’ New Culture Editor

Nikki Finke was first on the west coast this morning to some major Grey Lady news: the appointment of Danielle Mattoon as culture editor and Sia Michel as editor for Arts & Leisure. As Finke points out, even though Hollywood does not read the paper nearly as much as it used to, the moves still put Mattoon at the top of the Tinseltown PR pitch-list.

Finke also reminds that this NYT news should have really come out before the Oscars:

Executive editor Jill Abramson‘s announcement today was nearly four weeks late according to her own timetable for naming a new culture editor. Then again, she has a lot on her plate because her publication is beset by financial problems, editorial buyouts, stiff competition, not to mention conservative critics who want to put what they see as the Liberal Paper Of Record out of business.

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Arthur Sulzberger’s Son Joins New York Times Metro Desk

A.G. Sulzberger, son of Arthur Sulzberger, has a new home at the Metro section of the paper. According to a memo obtained by Gawker, Sulzberger will join the desk early next month.

Sam Sifton naturally had nothing but good things to say about  Sulzberger’s time at the National desk:

Arthur proved that opening a news bureau in Kansas City, Missouri, was not merely a good idea but a great one. He reveled in quirky, revealing stories (like an accounting of the last shop to process Kodachrome, or a profile of a man who, at 103, was the oldest still-serving federal judge in the country). But when big news came along, again and again he showed that there was no steadier hand on the desk.

New York Times Changes Jerusalem Bureau Chief

Ethan Bronner has been replaced by Jodi Rudoren as the New York Times’ Jerusalem Bureau Chief. Politico reports that Bronner will become a Legal Affairs Reporter for the paper’s national desk. Bronner had been Jerusalem Bureau Chief since 2008. Rudoren most recently worked as Education Editor for the Times.

An internal memo from Foreign Editor Joe Kahn and National Editor Sam Sifton that was obtained by Politico lavished praise on Bronner and Rudoren.

Rudoren begins her new position in April.

Sam Sifton is a Big Pun Fan

Let it be known that Sam Sifton, the New York Times’ National Editor, is a Big Pun fan. Today marks the 12th anniversary of the rapper’s death, and so Sifton tweeted “A dozen years years! RIP Big Pun. “I ain’t a player I just crush a lot,” along with a link to the video.

We’re happy that Sifton has an appreciation for the hip-hop legend, but he didn’t do his research. The song he linked isn’t the popular “Still Not a Player,” it’s actually the much better, yet not as radio friendly “I’m Not a Player.” The latter was Pun’s first single, the former — which featured Joe — was a remix of “I’m Not a Player.”

Of course this could be Vevo’s fault, because it mislabeled the video as “Still Not a Player.” Or maybe Sifton is a bigger fan than we thought, and meant to link Pun’s “I’m Not a Player” because it’s clearly superior. If that’s the case, then we need to start hanging out with him.

Sam Sifton Lists The Top 10 New Restaurants of 2011

Sam Sifton is now the New York Times’ National Editor, but before he moved on from his post as Restaurant Critic, he took the time to pen his top 10 new restaurants list. Some exquisite establishments made the cut, and Sifton even included two places outside of Manhattan.

He said that the year was composed of “smart-casual cooking, the sort of food that takes a lot of work to prepare but is often served by people in untucked shirts and flash sneakers.” We’re 84 percent sure that “flash sneakers” means LA Gear.

Sifton’s restaurant of the year? The Dutch, in SoHo. He describes it as a place “filled with New Yorkers pleased to be New Yorkers, eating in a New York restaurant.” We’re sold!

For the complete list, click here.

Sam Sifton: ‘I Would Be Crazy to Say That I Know Exactly What I’m Doing’

Sam Sifton, the New York Times’ new National Editor, understands that he has a lot to learn. He tells Adweek today that the move from restaurant critic fills him “with a pleasant terror about the unknown,” which is an interesting way to describe the situation. He also says that he still has reviews to get to, in case you were feeling sad about him leaving his post. Some other thoughts from Sifton:

On anxiety:
“I would be crazy to say that I know exactly what I’m doing, and exactly what I’m going to do. I don’t. I’m filled with a pleasant terror about the unknown, about what’s going to happen — a pleasant terror that, I think, is similar to the one reporters and editors and journalists feel every day about what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

On his place within the Times:
“It’s Jill’s newspaper, and [managing editor] Dean [Baquet's] newspaper, and I’m here to do their bidding.”

On who will be his replacement:
“That’s not my job.”

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