Yesterday, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson
- the first woman to hold that position for the paper - was unexpectedly fired
, reportedly because she attempted to bring on a new co-managing editor without consulting the managing editor already at the paper or the publisher
, though there is also a persistent rumor
that it was because she addressed a pay gap between herself and her predecessor
. Today, the first woman managing editor for French paper Le Monde resigned, claiming that she was being undermined
, drawing more attention to
journalism and media's woman problem
. [more inside]
The New York Times is previewing their latest technology in the longform journalism piece Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek
(username: avalanche/password: preview). Scroll down slowly to enjoy all the photos, slideshows, and movies that go along with the piece, which looks to be adding new chapters to the story over time.
"Is she O.K.?" a customer asks.
"My mom?" asks Kristy, the waitress.
"Yes," the customer replies.
Since Sunday, the front page of the New York Times has been featuring a portrait in five parts
of Elyria, Ohio (pop: 55,000), seen mostly through the lens of a local diner. (Second link is to a full multimedia feature, but direct links to the five individual articles can be found within.) [more inside]
Yesterday, Politico reporter Kendra Marr was forced to resign her position
after New York Times writer Susan Stellin
alerted Marr's editors to similarities between her transportation policy story
published Sept. 26 and Marr’s story published Oct. 10
. An investigation by Politico into Marr's work found 7 instances of likely plagiarism. Marr, who was formerly a reporter for the OC Register, San Jose Mercury News and the Washington Post, had logged 409 stories (scroll down for list)
with Politico during her time there. The outlet has issued a statement
. Poynter has a thorough rundown
, indicating that more of her articles may come under scrutiny. [more inside]
"The Journalist as Programmer"
is an academic, ethnographic case study (pdf)
, which considers whether the New York Times' Interactive Newsroom Technologies unit
, source of the paper's Open Source Developer Network
, should be thought of as a template for the future of Web Journalism. Slide Deck
. (Previously on MeFi.)
NYMag profile of the INT team from '09: The New Journalism: Goosing the Gray Lady
. ("What are these renegade cybergeeks doing at the New York Times? Maybe saving it.")
In a new essay entitled Build the Wall
, David Simon (who was a Baltimore Sun
reporter before he produced The Wire
) argues that if the larger newspaper industry is to survive, The New York Times and Washington Post must start charging readers for access to their websites (preferably done as a single action in concert with each other) — John Gruber
, Dave Winer
, and the folks at Gawker disagree
, and Steven Berlin Johnson argues that while the future for newspapers might be quite bleak, the future for journalism and high quality analysis is actually quite bright
. Meanwhile, the Times is currently doing market research
to see if it's readers would be willing to pay $5 a month for online access, and the Associated Press announced
it's intent to build a new news DRM system that will enable users to “consume, mash up and share AP content based on rights
Is the police blotter dying
? Not so.
In other parts of the world, the blotters are a little weird and violent.
Journalism may be going through a painful period but thanks to the web the once lowly information graphic is finally growing up to be all it never could on paper. Especially the New York Times seems to currently stand out in how frequently and quickly they build amazingly detailed and insightful interactive features. Consider the tracking of US Airways Flight 1549
or the piece on raising its engine from the Hudson
. Other recent highlights: 9,955,441 parking tickets issues in NYC mapped by street
, The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 — 2008
, Ansel Adams's Yosemite
, the view from the 10-meter platform explained
, A look at the language of presidential inaugural addresses 1789 to the Present
, A Map of the number of medals that countries won in summer Olympic Games
, Going to the End of the Line
, The 44 Places to go in 2009
, an explanation of how the Pentagon responded to criticism of then-Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld
, The Soyuz Spacecraft
, How the Towers Stood and Fell
, more. [more inside]
We should have known it was inevitable. Your local newspaper being written in India. Get ready for the outsourcing of journalism
. Maureen Dowd doesn't like
Jayson Blair doesn't know when to shut up.
The first interview with the disgraced New York Times
reporter indicates that if he's feeling bad about what he did, he's not exactly showing it. Oh, and he has "a book full of anecdotes." Very subtle, Jayson.
Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception
The New York Times runs a
long article detailing its preliminary findings in the matter of Jayson Blair, The Times' young staff reporter who made up sources, facts, and anecdotes in potentially hundreds of stories. Does this investigation help the Times avoid permanent disgrace? Or does this just confirm what you've always thought about the Times?
Slate magazine is attributing part of the problem to affirmative action
(Blair is black). Is AA relevant here?
Is the NY Times ranking its stories
as they say, or as this writer suggests, what's "interesting"?