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300 NY Times Staffers Consider Taking Buyouts

newyorktimes-logoNew York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson are apparently going to have an easier time reducing the newsroom by 100 than they thought. According to The New York Post, 300 Times staffers have put in a request with the Newspaper Guild to review their severance packages.

Sulzberger and Thompson announced in early October that they needed to eliminate 100 jobs via either accepted buyouts or, if the number wasn’t reached, layoffs.

Though 300 people are reviewing their packages, it doesn’t mean they’re all in a rush to leave the Grey Lady. “A lot of people were just securing their rights and checking it out,” Grant Glickson, a union rep, told the Post.

Still, the fact that this many people are even giving the move a thought is interesting. It might be because the offer is heavily weighted toward urging veterans out the door. Staffers who have 20 or more years experience will get a bonus of 35 percent of their salary if they accept the Times offer. That could be just be enough to get people thinking of leaving the newspaper grind behind.

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The Guardian Overtakes NY Times as Second Most Visited Newspaper Site

The Guardian logo GThe Guardian has overtaken The New York Times as the second most visited English-language newspaper site. In September, theguardian.com drew 42.6 million unique visits, compared to 41.6 million for nytimes.com. The data comes via comScore.

For the Guardian, that represented a 12 percent month-on-month increase, but it still wasn’t enough to crack the top three slots, which are all occupied by Chinese newspaper sites.

Xinhua News Agency (90.2 million uniques), People’s Daily Online (89.1 million) and China Daily Sites (56.4 million) are the most popular, followed by Mail Online, the most popular English-language site (55.8 million).

ComScore’s numbers take into account desktop traffic only.

Another NY Times Front Page Error

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The New York Times is having a rough couple weeks. Today’s front page was published with a glaring typo — “Panic Were Ebola Risk is Tiny; Stoicism Where It’s Real.”

Obviously, no one is perfect, but just last Tuesday the Times published an A1 article without a subhead or a byline. The article also began mid-sentence.

Two front page typos in just two weeks is just not a good look. It is fun for the rest of us, though. So let’s see if they can make it three in a row next week!

Renewal Scam Targets NY Times Subscribers

If you’ve recently received a “renewal notice” from The New York Times, ignore it. It’s a scam. The Times sent out a notice that a variety of “independent solicitation companies” are targeting subscribers to the Times and other publications. The Times stated that there has been no breach of subscriber information.

The bogus companies go by a slew of names, including Associated Publishers Network, Associated Publishers Services, Circulation Billing Services, Customer Access Services, Magazine Payment Services, and more. The bills [pictured] ask consumers to send their payments to an address in Oregon or Nevada.

Times subscribers are automatically renewed, so any request for payment is not from the company.

If you have questions about the scam, you can call the Times (800.698.4637) or send an email to subscriberrelations@nytimes.com.

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NY Times’ Sulzberger: Cuts are ‘Painful’

During a talk at NYU, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. — the New York Times’ publisher — told the audience that the layoffs and buyouts currently making their way through the paper are “painful.”

Early last month, the Times announced it would be reducing its newsroom by 100, via either buyouts or layoffs. In a note explaining the plan, Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson stated, “We know that they will be painful both for the individuals affected and for their colleagues.”

As Capital New York reports, Sulzberger went back to that “painful” description again during his NYU talk. ”We have more journalists today than we’ve ever had in our history,” said Sulzberger. “The skills necessary to succeed in this world are truly changing, and that’s not necessarily age-related. This is not to suggest going through these cycles is not painful. It is.”

We imagine 100 Times staffers agree.

NY Times Publishes Error-Filled Front Page

Editors at The New York Times won’t look back on today fondly. Not because of a particularly sad news item, but because of an error-filled front page.

Somehow, an A1 article was published without a sub-headline or a byline. It also began mid-sentence. That’s about as bad as it gets.

The Times’ David Gelles, who tweeted the image, accurately described it as “painful.”

[Image: Twitter/David Gelles]

Highlights from Sam Sifton’s Reddit AMA

Sam Sifton, The New York Times’ food editor, took part in a Reddit AMA. Below are some of our favorite exchanges.

On the mood at the Times after massive buyouts/layoffs were announced:

We’re okay here. Newspaper people are a dark lot, generally speaking, so bad news is often greeted with a shrug. Could be worse. But there’s an undercurrent of optimism on my desk as well: We’re really excited about Cooking, and hope that it can help us weather the storm.

On Anthony Bourdain:

I have met him! (True fact: His mom was a copy editor here at the Times.) He sent me a story when I was an editor at New York Press. I loved it. We put it on the cover. Then the boss editor came back from vacation and spiked it. Bourdain took the story to The New Yorker. It became a book you may have heard of: Kitchen Confidential. Later we would meet again on a dais, where we absolutely ROASTED Alan Richman, the GQ restaurant critic.

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NY Times to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs, Shutter NYT Opinion

This is not going to be a good day for many New York Times staffers. The paper plans to cut a whopping 100 people from its newsroom. The last time the Times let go of this many people was in 2009.

The reduction in staff is — of course — a cost-cutting move. ”The job losses are necessary to control our costs and to allow us to continue to invest in the digital future of The New York Times, but we know that they will be painful both for the individuals affected and for their colleagues,” read a note from Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson.

The Times plans to offer buyouts to staffers, but will resort to layoffs if enough people don’t accept the deals.

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NY Times Promotes One, Reuters Adds One

A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The New York Times and Reuters. Details are below.

  • The Times has named Tony Brancato has been named executive director, web products and audience development. He previously served as head of web products. Brancato joined the Times last year.
  • Charles Levinson is joining Reuters as its Wall Street investigations editor. He comes to the company from The Wall Street Journal, where he most recently covered white collar crime.

NY Times Magazine Gets ‘Cleaned Up’

NYT_Twitter_MagazineThe New York Times Magazine’s editor, Jake Silverstein, is “cleaning up the book” ahead of a larger revamp next year. Readers will surely love some of the cleansing — specifically Silverstein’s decision to ditch the “One Page Magazine” feature that seemingly everyone complained about. A short essay will take its place.

Capital New York reports that the photo feature “Look” and the editorial “Who Made That” are also getting swept under the rug. “Riff,” the longform essay on culture will be moved to the front of the book, but it will be shorter and not run every week. “The Ethicist,” the weekly interview feature “Talk,” and the foodie favorite “Eat,” are all staying put.

The goal of all the changes, according to Silverstein, is to have the Times Magazine known for its great feature writing. ”We’re trying to create more spaces in the magazine for writers to have both the forms and the room to do great work, and for us to be able to publish as many forms and types of great writing as we can,” he told Capital New York.

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