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NY Times Revamps Video Hub

The New York Times has given its video hub — nytimes.com/video — a makeover. The site now features responsive design, a sleeker appearance and easier navigation tools. It’s definitely an upgrade from the previous version.

The Times videos are accessed via a drop down menu, and are organized into the following 14 channels: News and Politics, International, Opinion, Times Documentaries, Business, Technology, Culture, Style, Health, Food, Travel, Sports, Real Estate and Science.

“The new Times Video makes it easier to discover, watch and navigate the vast amount of video available on NYTimes.com,” said Rebecca Howard, the Times’ general manager of video, in a statement. “From quick, short-form updates to longer-form documentaries and features, Times Video serves as the ultimate destination for users looking for world class, original premium video content.”

The new hub also introduces “branded video playlists,” — aka native advertising. The first is a campaign for Sotheby’s International Realty.

NY Times Reports Increases in Ad Revenue and Circulation

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times Company announced its first quarter earnings this morning, and at least for the first three months of the year, things have been going well. The company reported that total revenue increased by 2.6 percent compared to last year, and both print and digital ad revenue were up.

Digital circulation is also up. The Times now has about 799,000 digital-only subscribers, which is pretty impressive. Some of this bump could be credited to NYT Now and Times Premier, the digital products the company launched earlier this month. While the Times wouldn’t comment on how many people are using either one, Mark Thompson, the Times’ CEO, cited NYT Now as “being embraced by the market.”

Despite the good news, everyone at the Times understands there are always rough waters ahead. ”We are certainly not claiming victory in advertising yet; we expect continued month-to-month volatility and recognize that we will face some significantly tougher year-on-year comparisons as the year goes on,” explained Thompson, in a statement.

The Upshot, NY Times’ Answer to FiveThirtyEight, Launches

The Upshot, The New York Times’ answer to the departure of Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight, is now live. The site is edited by David Leonhardt, the Times’ Washington bureau chief.

Just like FiveThirtyEight, The Upshot is focused on the intersection of data and news. And just like FiveThirtyEight, there will be forecasts made about the political world. Already, The Upshot has an interactive model that analyzes every Senate race in the upcoming midterm elections.

“We created The Upshot to serve as a destination for readers who want to deepen their understanding of the issues and policies that influence their daily lives,” said Leonhardt, in a statement. “Using a conversational tone and a rich stream of graphics and interactives, The Upshot will build on what the Times already does so well — provide analysis of the news happening all around us. We also invite our readers to become a part of the conversation.”

Time will tell if Times readers come to love The Upshot as much as they did FiveThirtyEight. Even if they don’t, the Times is smart to try and recapture some of that data driven magic.

See below for the full team of editors and contributors working on The Upshot.

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Vanessa Friedman Discusses NY Times Fashion Coverage

Vanessa Friedman GAt The New York Times, Vanessa Friedman has unenviable job of filling the void left by Cathy Horyn, the paper’s veteran fashion critic. Horyn left in January of last year, and Friedman was hired away from the Financial Times in early March.

In an interview with Adweek, Friedman discusses her plans for the Times. Below are some highlights.

On expanding the Times’ fashion coverage:

One exciting thing that we’ll be doing is moving the fashion page of the INYT from Tuesday to Thursday [to coincide with the Times’ Thursday Styles page] so that news stories can run globally at the same time.

On the difference between the FT and the Times:

The FT had a very specific slant on the world, and that was financial and European and very luxury, whereas the Times has a broader remit as a newspaper.

On readers being interested in the business of fashion:

If you look at what’s happened within the fashion industry over the last five to 10 years, what’s been really notable is that the corporate and the creative sides of the business have become ever closer together.

Ginger Thompson Leaves NY Times for ProPublica

Hours after it was announced that Tim Golden was leaving The New York Times, the paper has lost another veteran: Ginger Thompson. Thompson is departing the Times to join ProPublica as a senior reporter.

Thompson had been with the Times for the past 15 years, most recently serving as an investigative reporter. During her time at the paper, she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize. Prior to joining the Times, Thompson was a reporter for The Chicago Tribune and a Pulitzer finalist while working at The Baltimore Sun.

“Ginger’s bona fides speak for themselves, from the impressive honors to the variety of topics she’s covered in winning them,” said Robin Fields, ProPublica’s managing editor, in a statement. “She is just the kind of reporter we dream of hiring, and we can’t wait to see how her range of talents adds to our newsroom.”

NYT Now: Great, for Some

unnamedTimes Premier and NYT Now, the new digital offerings from The New York Times, are now live. The former is basically for Times addicts, the latter is for people who might read an article or two a week. Since we tend to lean more toward a Times addict, let’s take a look at NYT Now. Below is a completely scientific review of the app that no one else on the Internet could ever do. Enjoy.

Appearance:

NYT Now is certainly nice looking. It’s easy to read and the photos are vibrant. The app icon is even cool — it’s an oversized Times “T” set against a bright white background. We’re the type of people who arrange our phones apps with the smartest looking ones on the front page, so this is important to us.

Interface:

The app is fast and easy to navigate. That’s mainly due to the fact that there’s not much to it (more on that later). There are three tabs — “News,” an arrow designating editors picks, and a bookmark for saved articles — located at the top. When there’s an update made to a section, a tiny blue dot appears above it.

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Jake Silverstein Named Editor of NY Times Magazine

The New York Times Magazine finally has a replacement for Hugo Lindgren. Jake Silverstein, most recently the editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly, is the new editor of the Times Magazine. The title had been without an editor since Lindgren left in January.

Silverstein had been editor of Texas Monthly for the past six years. During his time there it received 12 National Magazine Award nominations and won four times.

Jill Abramson, executive editor of the Times, said the hiring of Silverstein marked a new beginning for the Times Magazine. “With Jake at the helm, the Magazine will be redesigned, making it more beguiling, displaying more of the best riches of the Times,” she said, in a statement. “The traditional magazine forms will continue — narratives, deep profiles, investigative reporting, essays, photography — and others will be invented.”

Jonathan Mahler Joins NY Times as Media Reporter

Jonathan Mahler GJonathan Mahler — author of Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning — is joining The New York Times as a corporate media reporter.

Mahler had been a contributor to Bloomberg View, the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times Book Review. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Republic, New York and The Washington Post.

Mahler has also written two other books —  The Challenge and Death Comes to Happy Valley. He tweeted that he was “very excited” to join the paper.

In a memo announcing the hire, Peter Lattman, the Times’ media editor, wrote that Mahler “will cover the industry’s biggest companies and the moguls who run them, along with the seismic changes transforming their businesses.”

Lattman’s full note is below.

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Nate Silver and Paul Krugman are Bickering Like Children

Nate Silver and Paul Krugman don’t seem to like each other, and so they’ve taken to sniping back and forth. The net result is — as with any media feud — a total loss.

It all started when Silver took a shot at op-ed columnists, explaining that “They don’t have any discipline in how they look at the world, and so it leads to a lot of bullshit, basically.” Shortly after that, Krugman fired back in a column saying that Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight.com was long on numbers, short on analyzing them. Krugman has since written a few more columns piling on FiveThirtyEight, culminating with “So far [FiveThirtyEight] looks like something between a disappointment and a disaster.”

Silver, of course, decided to swing back. He wrote that when FiveThirtyEight was under The New York Times umbrella, Krugman enjoyed the site. But now things have suddenly changed:

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NY Times to Launch Two New Digital Subscriptions

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times is expanding its digital subscription plans with NYT Now and Times Premier. Both will launch April 2.

NYT Now will be available first on iPhones, for $8 every four weeks. The app will combine the most important articles from the Times and other websites, as well as morning and evening news briefs. The paper’s editors will create headlines and article summaries exclusively for NYT Now. Existing Times digital subscribers can access NYT Now for free.

Times Premier is basically the opposite of NYT Now; it’s for the person who can’t get enough Times. Premier will offer full digital access plus enticing extras, like full length videos; two free TBooks (compilations of Times articles on a single subject) a month; and a four pack of crosswords only available to Premier subscribers.

Readers who choose the Premier package also get access to Times Insider, a feature that pulls back the curtain on the Times, and gives people a look at how the Times newsroom operates. Media addicts — please wipe your drool. Premier will be $45 every four weeks, or $10 extra every four weeks for those that are already print subscribers.

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