One of the country’s oldest and most established media companies is starting to look more like a Hollywood studio than a traditional newspaper. Driving the news: The New York Times has 10 scripted TV show projects in development, as well as three feature documentaries coming out this year and several other documentary projects in development and production, executives tell Axios.
When the Pittsburgh Post Gazette pulled reporter Alexis Johnson off coverage of protests triggered by George Floyd’s death, nobody anticipated it would lead to a staff revolt and become a national story, part of an extraordinary week where the news media’s sluggishness in promoting diversity became part of the national conversation.
The New York Times on Sunday announced the resignation of its editorial page editor James Bennet, who had held the position since May 2016, and the reassignment of deputy editorial page editor James Dao to the newsroom. The announcement comes three days after Bennet acknowledged that he had not read, before publication, a controversial op-ed from Sen. Tom Cotton (R.-Ark.) headlined “Send in the Troops,” which called for military intervention in U.S. cities where protests over police brutality have ignited violence.
Earlier this week, The New York Times editorial board ran an op-ed piece from Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton calling for the military to be deployed to cities during protests about the death of George Floyd, racial inequality and police brutality. Readers accused the Times of publishing divisive and potentially harmful rhetoric that was suggesting something akin to martial law. The pushback was just as loud inside the Times as dozens of Times employees tweeted the same thing: “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger.”
In January, the Times announced it had passed 5 million total subscriptions. Yesterday, it announced it had passed 6 million. Ad revenue is cratering, but the path forward remains sustainable.
Sean Hannity has threatened to sue The New York Times and some of its columnists unless the paper retracts and apologizes for pieces that his lawyers claim mischaracterized Hannity’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, a New York Times spokesperson rejected the demand: “We’ve reported fairly and accurately on Mr. Hannity and there is no basis for a retraction or an apology.”
The college, in Lynchburg, Virginia, is led by Jerry Falwell Jr., has filed criminal trespassing against journalists from ProPublica and the New York Times for stories on the school’s remaining partially open. Falwell said the university is conducting classes online and obeying social distancing directives.
The media’s job is to tell the story of a rapidly changing world in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, but it must do so under rapidly changing new rules. “This is the biggest story since 9/11,” said New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, but it needs to be told with an abundance of caution by the scores of journalists now working from home, interviewing sources via Skype and doing all they can to stay personally out of harm’s way.
New York Times Co. is leaning toward naming Meredith Kopit Levien as its next chief executive officer, tapping an internal candidate to succeed Mark Thompson after an eight-year stint, according to people familiar with the matter. Levien, currently chief operating officer, is the front-runner to get the top job, with the move potentially coming as soon as April.
In town hall meetings inside The New York Times Co. today, President-CEO Mark Thompson will announce significant milestones that the company achieved in 2019: It passed its goal of $800 million of annual digital revenue a year ahead of schedule. In 2015, when digital revenue was around $400 million, The Times set itself the objective […]
New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger on Wednesday responded to President Trump‘s attacks against the newspaper, saying that calling the media the “enemy of the people” is both “false” and “dangerous.”
President Trump on Wednesday labeled The New York Times “a true enemy of the people” one day after an extensive report detailing the ways in which he has sought to influence the investigations into his presidency and allies. The president’s tweet did not refute any specific reporting from the Times, but marked yet another escalation in his sustained attacks on his hometown paper and the media as a whole.
The company is near its goal of $800 million in digital revenue ahead of a 2020 target. Paying subscribers rose to 4.3 million, a record.
New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger asked the president to curb his anti-press rhetoric. Trump replied with a request for “a great story, just one” from The Times.
The New York Times is pushing further into voice products for smart speakers. On Friday, the company announced that it’s launching a weekday flash news briefing called The New York Times Briefing for Alexa-enabled devices (hosted by Michael Barbaro, who is a busy man). It’s also debuting a weekly interactive news quiz from The Daily’s producers.
The New York Times now has more subscribers than at any time in the newspaper’s history. The newspaper announced the milestone Thursday along with its third quarter earnings results. It now has 4 million total subscribers, with about 3 million of those subscribers receiving the digital only edition.
A.G. Sulzberger, the still relatively new publisher of The New York Times, says this is an “all-hands-on-deck time” for journalism. And he is in charge of one of the ships. Sulzberger took the reins from his father Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. about a year ago. He worked in the newsroom and in the business ranks of the paper before taking the top post. Now he’s in charge of growing the digital footprint to The Times and managing the decline of the print edition.
The New York Times Co. is asking a judge to order the FCC to turn over information related to possible Russian meddling in the agency’s recent net neutrality proceeding.
James Bennet, the Times’s Opinion editor, discusses the origin of the Trump administration’s bewitching cry for help.
New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger said his main purpose for accepting a meeting with President Trump last month was to “raise concerns about the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric. I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” he said.
The newspaper is working with production company Left/Right on what it describes as “an ambitious television news series that seeks to combine the range and authority of Times journalism with immersive storytelling, innovative visuals and best-in-class production values,”
Editor James Bennet promised a re-invention of the paper’s op-eds. It’s put him in the crosshairs.
He transformed The Times into an international media company, and built one of the most successful digital pay models in news. Succeeding him is his son, current deputy publisher, A.G. Sulzberger (right), a principal architect of the company’s digital transformation.