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NY Times Names Alex MacCallum Assistant Managing Editor

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times has named Alex MacCallum assistant managing editor for audience development. MacCallum was most recently a business side exec overseeing NYT Cooking, the Times’ cooking site and app.

According to a memo from executive editor Dean Baquet and editorial page Andy Rosenthal, in her new role, MacCallum will ”build a team devoted to using search, social and other strategies to draw more people to our news articles and editorials.”

“The Audience Development department will be a shared resource, like photography, video and news design,” added Baquet and Rosenthal. “She will start sometime in September and will be making the rounds of news and editorial to meet all of you. Obviously, more changes are in the offing for the newsroom’s masthead, and this is a big step toward bringing in more editors with deep digital experience.”

Baquet and Rosenthal’s full memo is below.

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Maureen Dowd Joins NY Times Mag

maureen dowd GMaureen Dowd, who has been with The New York Times since 1983, has a new gig at the paper: Staff writer for its magazine. Dowd will continue to pen her weekly op-ed column, a staple of the paper since 1995.

In a statement, Jake Silverstein, the Times Magazine’s editor, said Dowd was “a brilliant addition to our team.” “While I can’t disclose any specific assignments yet, I can reveal that Maureen’s subject matter for the magazine will range far afield from her current bailiwick of politics, foreign affairs, Hollywood, and edible marijuana,” added Silverstein.

Andy Rosenthal, editorial page editor of the Times said, “Maureen’s influence on our Op-Ed page can’t be overstated and I’m very happy that our readers will continue to hear her timely take on whatever the hot issue of the moment happens to be.”

Newspaper Columnist Says Newspapers are Dead

DavidCarrHeadshotWell this is certainly depressing. David Carr, the well-known and respected New York Times media columnist, has seen his future and it is grim. In his latest piece — published in a newspaper — Carr proclaims that newspapers are dead.

Carr cites the recent trend of companies — like News Corp., Time Warner, Gannett and Tribune Company — spinning off their print brands and sending them into the unknown abyss as an indicator of print’s health.

He’s right; it’s not looking good. But we’d stop short of the dire tone taken by Carr:

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NY Times Launches Enhanced Archive Search

Subscribers to The New York Times can now search 129 years worth of the Grey Lady. The paper has launched TimesMachine, an interactive archive search tool that allows readers to dig through 11,298,320 articles that were published between September 18, 1851 and December 31, 1980.

In connection with TimesMachine, the Times has launched the NYTArchives Twitter account, which posts interesting articles from throughout the paper’s history.

While using TimesMachine to view coverage of big events — such as the “awful event” that was the assassination of Abraham Lincoln — is great, what’s really fun is searching for specific terms.

For example, a quick search for “O’Shea” brought up an article from 1906 that was headlined “Irishmen and Genius.” Even way back then, the Times featured stunningly accurate journalism.

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 Profits Plummet 21 Percent

As usual, the New York Times’ earnings report features both good and bad news (we suppose that pun is intended). While the Times’ digital subscriptions continued to grow, the lack of print ad dollars weighed the paper down. The end result was a 21 percent drop in profits during the second quarter.

The Times added 32,000 digital subscribers during the second quarter, bringing its total to 831,000 — a number that should make staffers proud. Still, total revenue dropped by 0.6 percent, mainly due to a four percent decline in ad revenue. Net income also declined from $20 million in 2013′s second quarter, to just $9 million this quarter.

“We saw continued growth in digital advertising and circulation revenues during the quarter,” Mark Thompson, CEO of the Times Company, said in a statement. “But know that we still have more work to do to transform our business and deliver long-term sustainable revenue growth for the company.”

Michael Wolff: NY Times Should Buy CNN

CNN304x200Michael Wolff has an interesting take on who/what should buy CNN should it ever be up for sale: The New York Times. Well, Wolff wrote that the “most obvious buyer is CBS,” but his runner-up is the Gray Lady.

Before you laugh this off, it’s actually an interesting idea. Wolff says the partnership would benefit both brands. The Times would gain the much needed ad dollars that come with TV. Meanwhile, CNN will finally be seen as a respectable news company if it has to maintain the standards set by the Times.

“In that combination, news, increasingly devolving from platform specificity, takes a major leap forward by creating a quality news company widely distributing its product through all outlets,” explained Wolff. “Television can’t do quality news, but it has great profits. Print still has high news standards, but ever-dwindling profits — so voila!”

Voila! Now let’s make this happen.

NY Times Supports Legal Weed, But Won’t Let Staffers Toke

NYtimes buildingTalk about a buzz kill, brother bear. Over the weekend, The New York Times declared that it supported the complete decriminalization of marijuana, and yet, it won’t let employees share a bong in the newsroom.

A Times spokesperson told The Huffington Post that potential employees will still be required to pass a drug test before getting hired. “Our corporate policy on this issue reflects current law,” said the spokesperson. “We aren’t going to get into details beyond that.”

In a series of editorials, the Times said that pot should be legalized — just like tobacco and alcohol — and states should be responsible for making the call:

There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level.

Mario Batali’s NY Times Column Ends

Mario Batali’s “What I’m Drinking” column that ran in The New York Times Magazine for the past three years is done. Or cooked, if you prefer a cooking pun. The weekly column — which was fairly small — featured Batali describing how to make some sort of cocktail.

According to Jake Silverstein, the Times Magazine’s editor, Batali was the one who made the call. “I absolutely did not can him,” Silverstein told The New York Post. “He felt the column had run its course. He’d written everything he could about drinking, and it seemed a very natural end to it.”

Batali will now devote the time he used to writing that column to making Eataly less annoying.

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Andy Wright Named New York Times Magazine Publisher

Wright, AndyAndy Wright, a 17-year veteran of The New York Times, has been named publisher of the New York Times Magazine.

Wright was most recently senior VP of advertising, overseeing categories such as automotive, finance, real estate, technology and conferences. Wright also led the Times‘ San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta sales offices.

Wright will keep his senior VP of advertising title and continue to manage the conference sales category in his new role.

“Andy is an exceptional leader with the experience and commitment needed to guide The New York Times Magazine’s advertising business as it begins its transformation under new editorial leadership,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, the Times’ executive VP of advertising, said in a statement.

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