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Posts Tagged ‘Jason Stallman’

NY Times Editors Refuse to End ‘GIF’ Pronunciation Debate

6C7208235-MATT-DANCE-2.blocks_desktop_smallThe New York Times has published an interesting piece on Deadspin’s GIF creator Timothy Burke, and in doing so, has once again sparked the debate on how, exactly, everyone should pronounce “GIF.” The Times linked to its piece on Steve Wilhite, the creator of the GIF, who said the word should be said as if saying “Jif,” like the peanut butter. Meanwhile, the rest of the civilized world pronounces it “gift” without the “t.”

Noticing that the Internet was on the verge of a meltdown, Complex decided to ask Philip Corbett, the Times’ standards editor, if “jif” was the official Times way. He wouldn’t say. “I wasn’t involved in the discussions about today’s story and I think I want to steer well clear of the heated debate over the pronunciation of GIF,” Corbett told Complex. “I know a no-win situation when I see one.”

Complex then dug deeper, and asked Jason Stallman, the Times’ sports editor, about the proper way to say GIF. He wouldn’t say either. “Hate to do it, but gotta say no comment to this one,” he explained. ”I’m out of the country and just not really in position to weigh in on this eternal question.”

Thus the battle rages on. But if you really want to know, of course it’s “gift” without the “t.” Don’t be an idiot.

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NY Times Sports Editor Disputes Rift With Nate Silver

The “why did Nate Silver really leave The New York Times” drama continues. The Big Lead did some more digging into the situation, and via interviews with six “people familiar with the sports section” of the paper, suggests that Silver left because he didn’t gel with the Times’ sports staff:

This was the picture that was painted: An interest in alternative sports over mainstream sports such as the NFL, an international sports bent in a quest to be the ‘World’s Sports Section’ (ie, heavy Tour de France, Track & Field, Soccer), and a culture of ‘if-we-didn’t-find-him, we-don’t-want-him.’

However, both Silver and Jason Stallman — the Times’ sports editor — said there were no problems. Silver tweeted “There are some inaccurate reports that I didn’t like the NYT sports desk. Actually, thought those guys were great & easy to work with.” Stallaman, in an email to The Big Lead, also dismissed the rumors:

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New York Times Names Two Deputy Sports Editors

The New York Times has tapped two new deputy sports editors: Jay Schreiber and Sam Dolnick.

Schreiber was most recently the blogger for the Times’ Bats blog and a managing editor of the paper’s sports section. Dolnick has been with the Times since 2009. He was most recently a Metro reporter.

In a memo announcing the changes, Jason Stallman, the Times’ sports editor, wrote, “Jay and Sam: a powerhouse duo. I’m absolutely thrilled to have them leading the Sports desk.”

Stallman’s full note is below.

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New York Times Restructures Masthead

Now that the buyouts are over, the New York Times has announced some changes to its masthead. According to the Times, the changes sought (the paper wanted 30 staffers to accept the offer) were “accomplished primarily through” the buyouts and therefore “layoffs were kept to a minimum.” That means that yes, there were some layoffs at the paper, but we’re just not sure who they were. Yet.

A brief roundup of the masthead changes:

  • As expectedLarry Ingrassia is now an assistant managing editor for new initiatives
  • Jason Stallman, most recently deputy sports editor, has been promoted to sports editor
  • Janet Elder is now an assistant managing editor, “with responsibility for overseeing newsroom resources, including the budget, as well as dealing with compensation and staff development.”
  • Ian Fisher is now an assistant managing editor for content operations
  • Rick Berke will remain an assistant managing editor, but will now shift his focus to video
  • Glenn Kramon, another assistant managing editor, will join the business department to oversee technology coverage
  • A new culture editor will be named soon

New York Times Hosting Google Hangout with Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Olympic Athletes

The New York Times is launching a series of video chats on its Google+ page titled “Hangouts On Air,” starting tonight at 6 pm. Kicking things off is Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and the Times’ deputy sports editor, Jason Stallman. After tonight, the Times will be checking in with several Olympic athletes, including Cassidy King and Ryan Hall.

You can participate in the chat on the Times’ Google+ page or follow a stream of it at NYTimes.com/Olympics. However, if you do decide join the conversation, we’ve been informed that you cannot ask Melo why he doesn’t pass the damn ball. No matter how much you might want to.

The full schedule for the Times’ “Hangouts On Air” series is after the jump.

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