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NY Times Vet Bill Carter Takes Buyout

carterThe names of New York Times staffers who are accepting buyouts are starting to trickle out. The latest? Bill Carter, a 25-year veteran of the paper. According to The Huffington Post, Carter described leaving the Times as a “really wrenching and agonizing decision.”

Carter had been with the Times since 1989, when he joined as a media reporter. He previously worked for The Baltimore Sun. Carter, who has already penned two books on late night TV, is working on another.

“I love this job and I love the Times,” Carter told HuffPost. “I would never do this under other circumstances. I feel the economic pressure to do this.”

Other Times staffers who have accepted buyouts include Fern TurkowitzDavid FirestoneJoseph Berger, Lon TeterBrian KnowltonFloyd NorrisDavid Corcoran and Yasmin Namini.

David Carr Discusses NY Times Buyouts

NYtimes buildingToday is the deadline for New York Times staffers to accept buyout packages. As we’ve reported, if 100 people do not take the offers, there will be cuts. As of last week only about 30 staffers had inquired about the buyout, meaning it’s going to be a rough week at the Times. In his latest column, the Times’ David Carr discusses the uncomfortableness of it all:

I work closely with a few longtime employees who are considering the buyouts. The deadline for putting up their hand is Monday, and it seems clear that we will be losing people with many decades of professional experience, journalists with deep sources and remarkable levels of productivity.

Carr approaches the ordeal with a nice amount of honesty, especially because he’s writing about Times layoffs in the Times. His take is that he understands why it’s happening, but that doesn’t make him worry any less.

“The Times will always be bigger than any one individual and will no doubt find people inside and outside the building who will do their own version of amazing things, but it’s still scary to think about making our way without some of the people who plan to leave,” writes Carr.

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.’”