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NY Times Blasts St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

NYTimeslogoMost people who watched the press conference given by St. Louis country prosecutor Bob McCulloch likely came away wondering what, exactly, had just happened. As The New York Times editorial board explains, it was a disaster from start to finish.

The Times notes that even before the press conference — in which McCulloch announced that no charges would be issued against Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown — McCulloch was screwing things up with a purpose.

Instead of sorting through the mountains of evidence for the grand jury, McCulloch let the grand jury do it themselves. Then, the deliberations — which usually last a few days — went on for three months. ”And since grand jury proceedings are held in secret, the drawn-out process fanned suspicions that Mr. McCulloch was deliberately carrying on a trial out of public view, for the express purpose of exonerating Officer Wilson,” reported the Times.

This was all before the disastrous press conference:

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Layoffs Coming to NY Times

For some New York Times staffers, the holidays are not going to be so great. Even if aunt Lisa gets too drunk and tries to wrestle grandma again. According to The New York Post, layoffs are coming to the paper, as not enough people are choosing to take buyouts.

In early October, the Times announced to staffers that it needed to reduce its newsroom by 100. If enough staffers took the buyouts being offered, then no additional cuts would need to be made. As of yesterday, the number of buyout requests had only reached “the high 30s,” according to the Newspaper Guild’s rep at the Times.

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NY Times Names First Innovation and Strategy Editor

NYTimeslogoThe New York Times has named Kinsey Wilson editor for innovation and strategy, a new role at the paper. Wilson comes to the Times from NPR, where he served as executive VP and chief content officer since 2008.

At the Times, Wilson will be tasked with expanding the paper’s digital offerings and guiding its mobile strategies.

Dean Baquet, the Times’ executive editor, described Wilson as “a pioneer in digital journalism.” “I have known him for years and am delighted that he has agreed to bring his substantial talents to the Times as we continue down the path to our digital future,” added Baquet.

Wilson will begin his new role in February. He’ll report to Baquet.

NY Times Staffers Answer Thanksgiving Questions

If you’ve got questions about preparing Thanksgiving dinner, The New York Times has answers. Sam Sifton, the Times’ food editor; Melissa Clark, a food columnist; and Eric Asimov, a wine critic, are all answering questions on the Times’ Facebook page right now.

A quick example: One person asked for the best way to cook two large turkeys. “Yes, definitely cook them at the same time if they will both fit in your oven and if you have 2 roasting pans,” replied Clark. “If you don’t (or they don’t) one idea is to spatchcock them. Then spread them out on rimmed sheet pans to roast. You should be able to get both in the oven at the same time if you do it this way. Bonus: they will roast up in an hour or so.” See? Solid advice from smart people.

Please note that the Times staffers will not be able to help you figure out why your uncle Carl drinks so much.

NY Times Relaunches Real Estate App

The New York Times has revamped its iOS Real Estate app for the first time since 2007. The new version combines Times real estate content with various properties that you definitely won’t be able to afford. You can afford the app though! Because it’s free.

Other highlights from the updated app, according to the Times:

  • Clean, easy to navigate brokerage contact forms
  • A new mortgage calculator
  •  Maps for viewing property locations and directions
  • The ability to save properties of interest to view later
  • Share tools including e-mail and Twitter
  • One-touch dialing and one-touch e-mail tools to contact real estate agents quickly and easily
  • Continuously updated sales activity and nearby school information for properties in New York City

In Op-Ed, NBA Commissioner Calls for Legalized Sports Gambling

Adam Silver, the NBA’s commissioner, has written an op-ed for The New York Times that points out the obvious: everyone gambles on sports, so it’s time to make it legal. It’s a bold move for a commissioner, but it’s the right one.

Silver explains that despite sports gambling being illegal outside of Nevada, it is a thriving business. “There is an obvious appetite among sports fans for a safe and legal way to wager on professional sporting events,” writes Silver. “Mainstream media outlets regularly publish sports betting lines and point spreads. Voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly voiced their support for legal sports betting in a 2011 referendum.”

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NY Times Celebrates Banner Ad Birthday with Style

The banner ad — that ubiquitous rectangle that overtakes web pages — is 20 years old. The New York Times’ article about how annoying and dated the format is looks like this:

Well played, Times. Well played indeed.

NY Times Names Dean Chang Metro Print Editor

The New York Times has tapped Dean Chang to be its Metro section print editor. Chang most recently served as Times’ city editor. He previously worked for The New York Daily News.

In a memo announcing the move, Wendell Jamieson, the Times’ Metro editor, wrote that the addition of a print editor means other editors will focus exclusively on digital.

“One goal is to make our online/mobile report seamless and energetic, with stories that are written and edited and posted when appropriate, not when the print deadlines require them to be,” wrote Jamieson, in the note which was obtained by Capital New York. “But I think this will improve our beautiful and crucial print section as well. With one person focusing on the paper all day, we’ll get pages that flow with logic and power from front to back, and achieve our oft-stated goal: ‘Every page a dress page.’”

NY Times Ends Texas Tribune Partnership

NYTimeslogoThe New York Times has decided to end its four-year long partnership with The Texas Tribune. The deal between the papers will officially end in December.

Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of the Tribune, said that the end was not unexpected, and had come due to “the challenging economic times that continue to bedevil the media industry.” Smith added that while Tribune readers and writers alike enjoyed the partnership, he completely understood the decision:

Readers across the state told us how much they enjoyed having so much Texas in the paper — especially because it was the work of Texans. Subjects of stories were excited to see themselves in the pages of the most famous newspaper in the world. And, yes, for the Trib’s writers, the idea of publishing in the august Times was a real kick. We hate to see the whole thing come to an end, but it’s like that line from The Godfather: It’s business, not personal.

NY Times Posts $12.5 Million Loss

NYtimes buildingThe third quarter was rough for The New York Times, as it posted a net loss of $12.5 million. Total revenue increased barely — by 0.8 percent — from $361.7 million to $364.7 million. Circulation revenues also ticked slightly upward at an increase of 1.3 percent.

The main reason for the decline was all the money the Times had tied up in buyout packages. Print advertising also keeps declining, dropping five percent in the third quarter.

The one bright spot for the Times continues to be its digital subscriptions. The paper added 44,000 during the third quarter, its best quarterly increase in two years. The Times now boasts 875,000 digital-only subscribers.

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