When it comes to virtual reality, few publishers are as committed as The New York Times, with its dedicated VR app and Daily 360 feature, helped by funding from tech giants Samsung and Google. Another early mover, USA Today, is entering its second season of its weekly VR show, VRtually There. But outside those two publishers and a handful of others, there’s less to crow about.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued an unusual, vague statement Thursday night, casting doubt on a series of recent media reports detailing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s growing probe into the Trump campaign for potential collusion with Russia in the 2016 campaign.
In another Twitter attack on The New York Times, President Donald Trump today floated whether the U.S. should change its libel laws, a threat he made as a candidate that worried First Amendment advocates and could exacerbate tensions between his administration and the press.
This week the anchors and executives of the major networks walked into an ambush that affirmed the media as Trump’s whipping boy and left him victorious in his woodshed fury, Margaret Sullivan writes. But while the TV folks agreed to go off-the-record, the Times staffers “successfully called Trump’s bluff” and refused to. The lesson, she writes, is “journalists, and their corporate bosses, shouldn’t allow themselves to be used as props in Trump’s never-ending theater.”
The New York Times is working on a new digital product focused on movies and TV, among other new lifestyle verticals, CEO Mark Thompson announced at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference today.
New York Times readers will soon have a new TV critic to pick over the highs and lows of the medium. The newspaper has hired James Poniewozik, who has held a similar function at Time magazine, to fill a slot recently vacated by Alessandra Stanley.
The New York Times today announced a broad revamping of its video operation and said it would seek new leadership for what it described as an increasingly vital part of the newsroom.
ABC, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press and Reuters are among the 15 outlets that are on board for the research effort, which was announced on Tuesday. The tests will take place in Virginia in a partnership with Virginia Tech.
The New York Times has published a column about the advertising business in its pages since 1935. But it’s not clear whether that feature will continue in 2015. In the wake of news that Stuart Elliott, the Times staffer who has led the paper’s “Advertising” column since 1991, is among tens of staffers taking a buyout, a spokeswoman for the publishing company said a decision about the feature is not likely to be made for several weeks.
Bill Carter, who has covered the television industry at The New York Times for more than 25 years and remains one of the best known writers in the industry, is taking a voluntary buyout. Carter said today that leaving the paper was a “really wrenching and agonizing decision.”