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New York Times Staff 'Reimagining' Gray Lady for Print, Online

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 07:27 PM

The New York Times is looking at ways to adapt the prestigious newspaper to the digital revolution and economic pressures — a "seismic" revamp that's got some staffers worried about their jobs, industry and future, Politico reports. 

An advisory committee to Times' executive editor Dean Baquet, called the 2020 Group, is undertaking the revamp that'll include a "big reimagining" of the metropolitan section, and "a complex reorientation of how the print edition is put together," Politico reports.

"The Times has changed enormously in the past few years, but it still hasn’t changed enough," David Leonhardt, an economics columnist overseeing the in-house review team of seven journalists, tells Politico. "That’s why [Baquet] thinks we need to do this."

Baquet hinted at the changes to come in a staff memo last month that warned the newspaper "will have to change significantly — swiftly and fearlessly," Politico reports. He also confirmed further cost-cutting is in store for the newsroom with 1,300 journalists, Politico reports.

"People want answers to how their jobs are gonna change," one source tells Politico.

In 2011, the Times started charging people to read an unlimited number of articles on its website; the site brought in $200 million in circulation revenue last year alone, according to Politico. Now, the newspaper is looking for new subscribers in foreign markets — and a goal of $800 million in digital revenues by 2020, Politico reports.

"Perhaps the most seismic change the 2020 Group has been involved in, various sources agreed, is an ongoing revamp of how the daily print edition gets put together," Politico reports.

According to Politico, the daily print edition will be assembled at a "print hub" – an "acknowledgement that many more millions of readers are seeing the Times’ most important stories on their computers and phones," Politico reports.

"Instead of editors who are in charge of various coverage areas being focused each day on which of their reporters’ stories will appear in print, and where, and with how much space, these editors will put all of their energy into assigning and editing stories for digital without being bogged down by the evening production process, which becomes the purview of the print hub," Politico explains.

Decisions on story placement would be "autonomous" from newspaper section editors, Politico reports.

"There’s never going to be no consultation. That would be nuts. Unthinkable," one unnamed editor tells Politico. "It’s not gonna happen and nobody thinks that. It’s more a question of degree."

The next generation of journalists and the Sulzberger family that controls the paper also is in flux, Politico report.

"The younger generation is really starting to become assertive," one source tells Politico. "Their desire for change is so apparent. It just feels like their presence is — it feels more palpable. They are in charge of the digital revolution."

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The New York Times is looking at ways to adapt the prestigious newspaper to the digital revolution and economic pressures - a seismic revamp that's got some staffers worried about their jobs, industry and future, Politico reports.
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