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Joel Lovell Departs New York Times

Joel Lovell is leaving The New York Times to join This American Life and digital media company Atavist. Lovell had served as deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine and most recently worked in the Times newsroom on special projects.

Lovell told The Huffington Post in an email that he is joining This American Life and the Atavist because they “happen to be the most inventive places I can think of, in terms of where they’re pushing their respective media. Anyway, for me, that’s a pretty exciting work life to imagine.”

Lovell was widely thought to be next in line to become editor of the Times Mag when Hugo Lindgren departed. He was instead shifted to special projects, and Jake Silverstein won the editor role.

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NY Times KimYe Butt Correction Named Correction of The Year

At Poynter, Craig Silverman has released his annual Year in Media Errors and Corrections list, and once again, it’s a good read. The New York Times earned the honor of Correction of The Year by publishing this gem:

A truly worthy correction. It’s not often one combines butts, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and a writer getting fooled by a fake news site and radio station.

As for the Media Error of the year, we’ll give you one guess which magazine won.

NY Times Layoffs Begin

Those layoffs at The New York Times that we’ve been hearing about have officially begun. According to a memo from the Newspaper Guild of New York, the Times is cutting 21 union members, and employees will get notice today or tomorrow.

With 57 union members and about 30 non-union members accepting a buyout, the Times will exceed its stated goal of reducing the newsroom by 100.

“Discharged employees will be presented with a severance package and will likely be told that their last day of work is sometime this week, possibly even the day they are given the news,” stated the Guild’s note. ”Regardless of when their last day is, most terminated employees will receive two weeks of notice pay. Employees hired before May 1, 1994, can be offered an additional 15 weeks of work or paid out for the time.”

Keep your heads up, everyone.

The Guild’s full memo is below.

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NY Times Joins Forces with Tina Brown

NYTimeslogoThe New York Times Company is partnering with Women of The World, the event company run by Tina Brown. As part of the multi-year deal, the Times will invest in Women in The World and launch a new digital platform for the company, which will be tied to

“In a few short years, Tina has made Women in the World one of the most influential and successful live event series focused on women and girls around the world,” said Mark Thompson, the Times’ CEO, in a statement. “Tina is renowned for her outstanding editorial vision, and we’re delighted with the prospect of collaborating with her and her team on this exciting and important project.”

Brown, Women in The World’s CEO and founder, will remain in that role. The event series is executive produced by Kyle Gibson.

The next Women in the World summit will be April 22–24 at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. It will be produced in association with Times.

NY Times to Boost Native Ads to Close Mobile Revenue Gap

The New York Times is turning to native advertising in an attempt to close its ever-widening mobile revenue gap. Plenty of readers access the Times on their phones or tablets, but the Times still doesn’t get much revenue from mobile ads. That’s a problem they’re hoping native ads will solve.

According to Ad Age, in the third quarter, just 10 percent of ad revenue for the Times was via mobile ads. Meanwhile, more than 50 percent of traffic was from mobile devices. Mark Thompson, the Times’ CEO, referred to this as a “significant delta” while speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference.

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Ethan Bronner Joins Bloomberg News

Ethan Bronner is leaving The New York Times to join Bloomberg News as its managing editor for international government. Bronner had been with the Times since 1997. He most recently served as deputy national editor.

Bronner is taking on a new role at Bloomberg News, one that will have him working with reporters “around the world on the big international stories of the day and on investigative and analytical enterprise,” according to an announcement by editor-in-chief Matt Winkler.

Prior to joining the Times, Bronner worked for The Boston Globe.

Jessica Lustig Named NY Times Mag Deputy Editor [Updated]

Jessica Lustig has been named deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine. Lustig was most recently a staff editor of the Times’ op-ed/Sunday Review.

Lustig has previously worked at The Village Voice, DetailsTime Out New York and New York.

In a memo obtained by Poynter, Times Mag editor Jake Silverstein wrote that Lustig ”brings a keen nose for writers, a brilliant sense of the ideas that animate stories, and a steady hand with copy. She has an incredibly smart feel for where the conversation is, something that will be a driving force in the magazine’s relaunch, and her excellent taste and deep moral engagement will help guide our coverage.”

Update (10:48 am):
Jenna Wortham has also joined Times Mag as a staff writer. She was most recently a tech columnist for the paper. She has been with the Times since 2008.

NY Times Delivery Truck Overturns

A truck delivering The New York Times overturned near Philly this morning, prompting headline jokes aplenty. Like…

  • News leak
  • For newspapers, a metaphor
  • Black and white and spilled all over
  • The dangers of leaning too far to the left

Hey, we didn’t say they were good jokes.

NY Times Blasts Eric Garner Decision, NYPD

NYTimeslogoIn the wake of the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Garner to death, The New York Times has published a scathing editorial condemning the ruling, Pantaleo and the NYPD.

“What is clear is this was vicious policing and an innocent man is dead,” the Times states. “Another conclusion is also obvious. Officer Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and badge; he needs to be stripped of his job. He used forbidden tactics to brutalize a citizen who was not acting belligerently, posed no risk of flight, brandished no weapon and was heavily outnumbered.”

With that set up, the Times then rightly digs into the NYPD.

“Any police department that tolerates such conduct, and whose officers are unable or unwilling to defuse such confrontations without killing people, needs to be reformed. And though the chance of a local criminal case is now foreclosed, the Justice Department is right to swiftly investigate what certainly seem like violations of Mr. Garner’s civil rights.”

More NY Times Buyouts [Updated]

NYTimeslogoThe list of New York Times staffers taking buyouts continues to grow. The latest include media reporter Christine Haughney and special projects editor Lexi Mainland.

Both veterans announced their departures on Twitter. “After 8 years with @nytimes including nearly 3 years writing about my colleagues in the troubled newspaper industry, I am taking a buyout” wrote Haughney. “After 8.5 years, I’m moving on from @nytimes,” tweeted Mainland. “It’s been the thrill of a lifetime to play a part in the world’s best journalism.”

The full list of staffers taking a buyout is below. We’re updating each day, so if we missed any, please let us know.

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