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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.

Denise Warren Leaves NY Times After 26 Years

31warren-190Denise Warren, a veteran of The New York Times for more than two decades, is leaving the paper. According to a memo from Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson, her decision to depart was a result of her role being split into two roles.

Warren had most recently served as executive vice president for digital products. The role was split into executive vice president for marketing and executive vice president for digital.

“Denise Warren has made the decision not to occupy either of these positions and will leave the Times after a 26-year career that saw her serve in a wide range of strategically important positions throughout the organization,” wrote Sulzberger and Thompson.

Warren joined the Times in 1988 as a financial analyst. She has served a variety of key roles for the paper, including chief advertising officer and general manager of NYTimes.com. She also oversaw the Times’ now-successful implementation of a paywall in 2011.

You can read Sulzberger and Thompson’s full note below.

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NY Times Goes Big with Video Player

The New York Times is going big with the video player that is incorporated into nytimes.com homepage. The player now takes up almost the entire page — the Times has quadrupled its size — making it impossible to miss.

Visitors can can access additional videos using a left and right navigation tab. The Times’ full video offerings are available via a click on “explore all videos” or going directly to nytimes.com/video.

The Times is clearly trying to get people to focus on its video offerings. This is certainly one way to do it.

Peter Lattman Named Deputy Business Editor of NY Times

The New York Times has named Peter Lattman deputy business editor. Lattman most recently served as media editor. In his new role, Lattman will continue to oversee media news while also contributing to general business news.

“Media reporters will continue to write for BizDay, Culture and other sections, with Mr. Media himself, David Carr, anchoring the Monday business report,” wrote the Times’ business editor, Dean Murphy, in a memo. “More broadly, the media team will benefit from greater interaction and crosspollination with reporters and editors from tech, DealBook and the other clusters — and vice versa. In short, we’ll see collaboration, elevation and innovation among a whole new mix of talented reporters and editors.”

You can read Murphy’s full note below.

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300 NY Times Staffers Consider Taking Buyouts

newyorktimes-logoNew York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson are apparently going to have an easier time reducing the newsroom by 100 than they thought. According to The New York Post, 300 Times staffers have put in a request with the Newspaper Guild to review their severance packages.

Sulzberger and Thompson announced in early October that they needed to eliminate 100 jobs via either accepted buyouts or, if the number wasn’t reached, layoffs.

Though 300 people are reviewing their packages, it doesn’t mean they’re all in a rush to leave the Grey Lady. “A lot of people were just securing their rights and checking it out,” Grant Glickson, a union rep, told the Post.

Still, the fact that this many people are even giving the move a thought is interesting. It might be because the offer is heavily weighted toward urging veterans out the door. Staffers who have 20 or more years experience will get a bonus of 35 percent of their salary if they accept the Times offer. That could be just be enough to get people thinking of leaving the newspaper grind behind.

The Guardian Overtakes NY Times as Second Most Visited Newspaper Site

The Guardian logo GThe Guardian has overtaken The New York Times as the second most visited English-language newspaper site. In September, theguardian.com drew 42.6 million unique visits, compared to 41.6 million for nytimes.com. The data comes via comScore.

For the Guardian, that represented a 12 percent month-on-month increase, but it still wasn’t enough to crack the top three slots, which are all occupied by Chinese newspaper sites.

Xinhua News Agency (90.2 million uniques), People’s Daily Online (89.1 million) and China Daily Sites (56.4 million) are the most popular, followed by Mail Online, the most popular English-language site (55.8 million).

ComScore’s numbers take into account desktop traffic only.

Another NY Times Front Page Error

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The New York Times is having a rough couple weeks. Today’s front page was published with a glaring typo — “Panic Were Ebola Risk is Tiny; Stoicism Where It’s Real.”

Obviously, no one is perfect, but just last Tuesday the Times published an A1 article without a subhead or a byline. The article also began mid-sentence.

Two front page typos in just two weeks is just not a good look. It is fun for the rest of us, though. So let’s see if they can make it three in a row next week!

Renewal Scam Targets NY Times Subscribers

If you’ve recently received a “renewal notice” from The New York Times, ignore it. It’s a scam. The Times sent out a notice that a variety of “independent solicitation companies” are targeting subscribers to the Times and other publications. The Times stated that there has been no breach of subscriber information.

The bogus companies go by a slew of names, including Associated Publishers Network, Associated Publishers Services, Circulation Billing Services, Customer Access Services, Magazine Payment Services, and more. The bills [pictured] ask consumers to send their payments to an address in Oregon or Nevada.

Times subscribers are automatically renewed, so any request for payment is not from the company.

If you have questions about the scam, you can call the Times (800.698.4637) or send an email to subscriberrelations@nytimes.com.

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NY Times’ Sulzberger: Cuts are ‘Painful’

During a talk at NYU, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. — the New York Times’ publisher — told the audience that the layoffs and buyouts currently making their way through the paper are “painful.”

Early last month, the Times announced it would be reducing its newsroom by 100, via either buyouts or layoffs. In a note explaining the plan, Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson stated, “We know that they will be painful both for the individuals affected and for their colleagues.”

As Capital New York reports, Sulzberger went back to that “painful” description again during his NYU talk. ”We have more journalists today than we’ve ever had in our history,” said Sulzberger. “The skills necessary to succeed in this world are truly changing, and that’s not necessarily age-related. This is not to suggest going through these cycles is not painful. It is.”

We imagine 100 Times staffers agree.

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