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Andrew Ross Sorkin Talks About His Rise Up the NYT Ladder

Andrew Ross Sorkin, the young New York Times columnist and creator of Dealbook, has had precipitous rise up the ranks of the NYT. While his story is rare, it’s interesting to hear for any budding journalists out there.

Speaking to Benzinga, Sorkin talked about his early start at the newspaper. It turns out his first assignment was a mistake.

I started here when I was 18 years old as an intern if you will, and I used to Xerox and staple. I had no intention of putting two words together, let alone a sentence. I got lucky very early on; an editor who didn’t know how old I was assigned me a story to write, and didn’t realize I was still in high school.

Not everyone can be that lucky, but Sorkin ran with it and even parlayed the internship into a job after he graduated college, working in London with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. In 2001, he moved back to the U.S. and soon after started an email list which eventually turned into the Dealbook website. Here’s his experience in creating that list, and why he chose to do so.

Two things happened, and it really goes back to the email. When we started the email it was really about “how can we get in front of this community?” We had this newspaper that got in front of a lot of people, but we wanted to truly get in front of them, and make sure people were reading everything. I was also spending an inordinate amount of time on the internet every day finding stories. I figured if we could aggregate stories that would be a really great service, and at the same time show off what we felt was our great competitive content.

The big issue was how do we take this audience, that is really only having that touch point with us once a day, how can we migrate this and have a tighter relationship with this community, and that’s where the website came in.

Be bold and take every opportunity, that seems to be the moral of that story.

(h/t Talking Biz News)

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New York Times Layoffs Loom, About 50 To Go

nyt logo.jpgThe New York Times’ deadline for newsroom employees to accept buyouts is this Monday. According to Keith Kelly at the New York Post, about 50 staffers have signed up. (At least two are coming from the Times’ DC bureau: Stephen Labaton and Neil Lewis.) While that’s more than initial estimates, that still leaves the NYT with the need to make 50 more cuts to reach its headcount reduction goal.

Copy desks may be especially hard hit, as will be blogs.

(Here’s Gawker’s look at which blogs may not make the cut, though take with a grain of salt.)

The New York Observer also took a stab at which blogs will probably survive: among them, Andrew Ross Sorkin‘s DealBook, ArtsBeat, City Room, The Caucus, Bits, Well and The Lede.