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On deck this week: Susan Matthews, Emily Bazelon, Mark Joseph Stern, Seth Maxon, Hillary Frey, Steve Bloom, Matt “Skip” Kiebus, Damion DaCosta, Tim Rohan, Sophie Haigney, Zach Helfand, and many more…
On the town this week: Katy Tur, Tony Dokoupil, Rashida Jones, Lindsay Lerman, Madeline Cash, Mitch Moxley, Sophie Haigney, Magdalene Taylor, Lake Micah, Cat Marnell, Dean Kissick, Ben Goggin, Chris Miller, and many more…
So far this year, five heads of media unions in New York — a role they describe as like holding a second unpaid job that can give them a new perspective on the publications they work for — have quit their jobs
Making moves this week: Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn, Noah Hurowitz, Kermit Alayon, Joshua Pashman, David Haskell, Tirhakah Love, Choire Sicha, Mark Krotov, Lisa Borst, Jordan Castro, Honor Levy, and many more…
Out and about this week: Jacob Shamisan, Jessica Pressler, Emily Palmer, Katie Drummond, Mitch Moxley, David Gauvey Herbert, Preya McMahon, Katie Gee Salibury, Sam Sussman, and more…
Contributing writer Joshua Yaffa’s combat dispatches have found a second life in translation on Mediazona, an independent news outlet founded by members of Pussy Riot
According to recent departees and newsroom sources, editor-in-chief Matt Murray is increasingly frustrated by the steady of stream of losses to the expansionist Gray Lady
In the social column this week: Leon Neyfakh, Steven Phillips-Horst, Evan Hughes, Emily Blunt (sort of), Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Wesley Morris, perpetual party guest Matt Zeitlin, Elvia Wilk, and many more…
After a string of early breathtaking successes, the New York Times audio department — like its audio app — seems to be struggling to find its place in the subscription bundle
While awards stalwart New York Times won in three categories, the most unexpected award went to first-time winner Insider for illustrated reporting for a comic about Xinjiang internment camps
In the social column this week: Mari Cohen, Peter Beinart, Jonathan Cohen, Kathleen Peratis, Arielle Angel, Nora Caplan-Bricker, David Meyer, David Walsh, Jacob Pittman, Mark Egerman, and a mask maker on a first date with a poet
After a round of layoffs in New York last year, the publisher set up an English-language copy editing hub in Mexico City, leaving remaining employees fearful their jobs are next to be shipped across the border
After the literary magazine published its final issue and laid off its staff, a novel genre of content is now appearing on its website
How Joseph Kahn spent nearly a quarter-century navigating the politics and pitfalls of the New York Times newsroom to rise from foreign correspondent to executive editor
In this installment of our social column: Matthieu Aikins, Dean Baquet, Mark Yarm, Tina Brown, Leah Finnegan, Kim Kelly, Micah Uetricht, Jad Adumbrad, Molly Jong-Fast, and more…
Propelled by privilege, talent, and ambition, Joseph Kahn’s path to leading The New York Times ran through elite enclaves in Harvard and China where he fit in comfortably with the media’s future power elite
As previously designed, the position was more likely to set up the person in it for failure than success. That may have even been the point.
Congratulations to Wesley Lowery for successfully wagering on Joseph Kahn being named The New York Times executive editor
Publisher A.G. Sulzberger announces that Joseph Kahn will succeed Dean Baquet
After years of growing through acquisitions, the publisher recently created a new tier of group publishers who oversee both editorial and business operations of its titles
In this week’s social column: Nadja Spiegelman, Jackson Howard, Kay Gabriel, Betsy Sussler, Mitch Moxley, Joe Bernstein, Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Kat Stoeffel, Adlai (but not Stevenson), and more…
This is the second year the recent National Magazine Award winner for her work in The New York Times Magazine has made her living as a writer. “I find that thrilling as a fact about my life,” she says, “but it’s also quite frightening.”
Nicholas Kristof pledged to apply the full “communication toolbox” of journalism to his run for Oregon governor but struggled with the basics of interacting with reporters during his ill-fated campaign
In this week’s edition of our social column: Rachel Seville Tashjian, Kira Brunner Don, Abby Rapoport, Jake Silverstein, Andrew Marzoni, Adriane Quinlan, YuJung Kim, and more!
Did a media party really happen if there’s no party report?
After two years of handing out prizes remotely, grateful editors gathered to revive one of the biggest occasions on the magazine industry’s social calendar
New York Public Radio has retracted more than 45 stories written by the former director of its Race and Justice Unit for plagiarism
Jami Floyd, director of the the public radio station’s Race and Justice Unit, was the author of 45 stories that were removed from the web last Friday
In this week’s edition of our new social column tracking the ways lives are lived… Kate Lee, Sam Adler-Bell, Ari M. Brostoff, Dana Brown, Emily Nussbaum, Alex Shephard, and plenty of cake
The announcement that eleven titles representing 500 employees have formed a union comes as welcome news to the publisher’s ranks of “contingent workers” who work full-time for meager wages and without employment protections
Everyone would probably be better off if they agreed at the get-go that being a journalist and being an influencer are two different jobs.
Introducing our new social column, Vital Moments, tracking the ways lives are lived… featuring Allison P. Davis, Mary Childs, Jack Crosbie, Jo Livingstone, and “that guy Adam”
Now working for G/O Media, its third owner in six years, the union that kicked off the digital media unionizing wave is demonstrating the value of collective bargaining agreements in a precarious industry
A recent ruling in the legal battle between the pop singer and music producer Dr. Luke has undercut The Daily Beast’s motion to dismiss Carson Griffith’s defamation claim
After the investigations, politics, science, and inequality teams were offered buyouts, CEO Jonah Peretti says BuzzFeed News going forward will concentrate on “the biggest news of the day, culture and entertainment, celebrity, and life on the internet.”
A scion of the magazine empire his father, Jann Wenner, founded and sold to Penske Media, the CEO of Rolling Stone is now “basically an employee versus ‘my dad owns the company’”
Those most concerned about people feeling too shamed and shunned to speak show little curiosity about what holds people back from speaking out and the not-so-distant history when broadcasting an opinion in public was reserved for a privileged elite.
The little magazine of the moment takes Manhattan, filling the ballroom of The Jane Hotel with Brooklyn literary types, bloggers, publicists, and sheepish tech workers excited to be out somewhere
How a magazine that pre-dated video streaming, smartphones, and the internet helped create an entertainment media landscape where it could no longer survive
‘We Are Prepared for This Ukrainian War Fatigue… The Hope Is You Guys Will Continue to Cover These Stories’
Soon after the Russian invasion began, New York magazine scrambled to assemble an ambitious cover package featuring Ukrainians under 30 living through the first weeks after the world they’d known fell apart
The arrival of Vogue Russia was synonymous with the country’s re-emergence after the Cold War. The decision by it and other American glossies to shut down signals the depths of the nation’s isolation following its invasion of Ukraine.
Here are the three reasons why we decided against using Substack — and a response from Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie on why we should reconsider
Joseph Kahn is looking like a lock to be The New York Times’s next executive editor. But who will be his second-in-command and potential successor?
Stella Bugbee’s Style section has tacked towards the kind of runway coverage and clothing reviews that her predecessor Choire Sicha once eschewed
A celebration of Andrew Rice’s new book, The Year That Broke America, draws a crowd nostalgic for their turn of the millennium heyday
Bhaskar Sunkara, founder of the socialist quarterly Jacobin, once bemoaned The Nation’s limp leftism. Now he’s in charge of growing its business.
The biggest challenge of building a subscription business for New York media workers has been the profound income inequality in this industry.
New York State minimum wage laws require salaried employees to be paid at least $58,500 to be exempt from overtime pay
International editions of Condé Nast and Hearst Magazines titles like Vogue Ukraine and Marie Claire Russia face an uncertain future
GMG Union, originally the Gawker Media Union, has gone through three owners since it became the first New York digital outlet to organize in 2015, setting off a media unionizing wave
National Magazine Award judging once served as a de facto annual convention for editors. Though this year’s finalists were selected virtually, the winners will be presented (fingers crossed) in person.
War came suddenly for the hordes of reporters who streamed into the country ahead of Russia’s full-scale assault of its neighbor
Worries that Sarah Palin’s defamation case against The New York Times stems from calls by conservative judges — notably Justice Clarence Thomas — to make it easier for public officials to win libel suits against journalists.
The longtime New Yorker staff writer on how she’s holding up after enlisting to write a weekly obituary column for the magazine. “David Remnick really wanted me to do Betty White.”
Science reporters have been rolling their eyes over their national security colleagues’ reports of an invisible weapon attacking diplomats. “Call the neurologist and not like, secret sources, you know, ‘intelligence agencies assure me that Fidel Castro is zapping people from the grave.’”
The site has lost five of its top editorial leaders since New Year’s — including its editor-in-chief, two editorial directors, and an executive editor — while management has begun a push for profitability
After 20 years as an editor at Wired, Mark Robinson, who sung jazz standards at San Francisco nightclubs in his off-hours, quit last month to pursue show business full-time
Since resigning as New York Times opinion editor in 2020, the distinguished editor’s most prominent moments have been as a defendant in Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit
The elimination of New York-based culture staff writer Jo Livingstone’s job comes as part of editor Michael Tomasky’s project to refocus the magazine on political affairs
After following this case for nearly five years, I was entirely unaware until this past week that a news site I edited played any role in it
Former opinion page editor James Bennet ducks the paparazzi as the attention-seeking former Alaska governor’s defamation trial opens following her bout with Covid
A reputation for micromanagement and meddling preceded Alyson Shontell’s arrival as the first female editor-in-chief of the legacy business title
As the first wave of Substack Pro deals expire, which writers thrive on the email newsletter platform and which ones struggle is coming into focus
The name may be new, but the mission remains the same: deliver media reporting about New York City you can’t read anywhere else
Co-founders Kiara Barrow and Rebecca Panovka explain how their little magazine born at the onset of the pandemic captured the hearts and minds of young literary Brooklyn
Sports Illustrated’s union became the first to ratify a contract forbidding the use of traffic stats to discipline journalists. Unions at BuzzFeed News and Time are pushing for similar terms.
Did the French emperor ever truly wear the hat that the CEO of BDG spent $1.43 million on? The 27-year-old Scottish aristocrat who originally bought it while touring Europe sure thought so!
The editor-in-chief of T talked with her boss about her latest novel, To Paradise, but not about staff departures and complaints at the magazine
Tucked inside the New York Times is a museum overseen by David Dunlap, a former reporter whose life has been intertwined with the paper for more than 40 years
Hanya Yanagihara’s latest novel has attracted lavish public attention, but the staff who work for her at The New York Times’s fashion magazine say the portrait of her management style is incomplete
The deal to buy The Athletic seems to signal a significant change in the company’s thinking about who it thinks its future subscription customers will be
To those who hoped ambitious narrative journalism would flourish on the open web, the end of Longform’s curation service feels like the closing of an era
The fallen star scribe’s nearly 30-year-old journalistic sins were exhumed by missteps in a now-retracted feature in The Atlantic, but her recent lawsuit turns on a decidedly modern magazine concern: television rights.
How underground nightlife reporters Michelle Lhooq of Rave New World and Brock Colyar of New York shine a light on places where people don’t always want to be seen
Justin Smith and Ben Smith’s announcement brings back memories of the promise — and pitfalls — of an earlier global media startup. Plus: a digest of our best reporting from the last week.
Ben Smith’s departure for a media startup opens up one of journalism’s plum jobs. Potential successors tell us what they’d do if they were tapped next.
Our A.G. AI 3000 was just as shocked as The New York Times masthead to learn that Ben Smith was departing the paper.
Covering right-wing extremist violence is creating a generation of a new kind of combat journalist who is at risk both on and off the field
Once a free-wheeling space for the newsroom to air its grievances, the paper has mounted a campaign to pacify its internal chat platform
A surge in the new variant surprised a media community longing for a return to holiday parties, resulting in breakthrough infections at BuzzFeed, Insider, New York Magazine, and The Paris Review
The fallout over Michael Schulman’s piece on Succession star Jeremy Strong has confounded other practitioners of the form
Surveying the ongoing battle to be the first thing people read when they grab their phones in the morning
Similarly named journalists can be confusing. We’re here to help.
Pre-dawn lineups, laggy lo-res live streams, print stars turned podcasters, impounded electronics, frantic phone call filing, hotel room cooking, doodles, and more…
After the SPAC, the Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom is now a small money-losing division of a much larger publicly traded media company
Publisher and president John R. MacArthur considers Walter Kirn’s accusation that the magazine terminated him to appease young leftists an outlandish slur
The December rotation for the White House In-Town Pool was announced on the first of the month, which means political reporters learned who would have to include monitoring President Biden’s whereabout in their holiday plans.
As The New York Times’s Julian Barnes (“Not the British Author”) and a pair of Alexandra Petris (Washington Post and New York Times) explain, it’s not always easy sharing a name in journalism
While the 65-member editorial team spent the holiday with family instead of combing the Internet for deals, the site continued to publish without staff bylines
Working without a contract since The New York Times recognized the NewsGuild unit in 2019, the product recommendation staff is walking out during its busiest stretch — and asking readers not to shop with the site
What do you do when a magazine’s reason to exist disappears overnight?
An organized and vocal online community of Covid sufferers made criticism of a piece they viewed as too skeptical a cause of it own
After being sworn in last year as a Pennsylvania state senator, the former co-editor of n+1 has had to adjust to life as a public official
At the first in-person event that included all three NewsGuild units at The Times, members denounced management for union-busting and called for better compensation
A new strategy for the publisher’s sprawling international editions has scrambled org charts and reporting structures, ushering in the era of the “global editorial director”
We’re temporarily turning away from the question of “Who will be the next executive editor of The Times?” and focusing instead on “When will the person who succeeds Dean Baquet be announced?”
“The company says that one of the reasons we need to be back in the office is for the culture … and many people say that the reason they don’t want to go back into the office is because of the culture at The New York Times”
After a Twitter kerfuffle sparked by author Roxane Gay, the magazine publisher will no longer ask writers to pay a fee for the privilege of prompt payments
Recent image purges at BuzzFeed and G/O Media serve as reminders of the challenges of creating a cultural legacy in a medium designed for disposability
The group of news outlets sharing access to a whistleblower’s trove of documents shut down their Slack a day after their stories published, while publications outside the U.S. are still locked out and trying to get access
BDG’s first attempt to relaunch Gawker was aborted in 2019, but a defamation suit filed by its editorial director, Carson Griffith, against The Daily Beast lives on
This week’s big odds moves in our NYT Succession Betting Pool were at the bottom of the table.
Attracted by the dream of being your own boss and writing whatever you want, a hidden truth behind the Substack-driven newsletter boom is sinking in: it is absolutely exhausting
A last-minute contract negotiation cancellation by management on Monday sparked an outpouring from one of New York City’s oldest editorial guilds, even among “the longtime traditionalists”
A professional service for corporate clients is meant to help communications professionals — and the rest of us — think in bullet points and creative bolding
“Sometimes, I just don’t think I get enough credit for this job.”
Inside the crypto skunkworks set up by magazine president Keith Grossman, who has turned a personal passion into a new revenue line for the sober news chronicle
The competition to be the leading not-Kahn contender only got stiffer in the second week of wagering in The Fine Print’s NYT Succession Betting Pool
Details about what the new service is — or why they are creating it in the first place — are murky. Perhaps that’s the point.
Writers from across the literary journal’s history mourned UNLV’s announcement that the publication will cease next spring
Six months after its editor resigned in disgrace, The Believer’s masthead has thinned and its current owner UNLV says its future is under “review”
Tethered to the whims of a tech behemoth, product recommendations are looking less like editorial and more like e-commerce marketing
After a week worth’s of betting, our quants’ neural network has spit out a new set of odds on who will be selected as the next executive editor of The New York Times
One year after the purchase, the publication has yet to move into the Kips Bay property where New York Magazine was born
Robert Kolker and his editor Raha Naddaf explain how The New York Times Magazine‘s longform sensation “Who’s the Bad Art Friend?” came to be
We’ve set the odds on who will be named the next New York Times executive editor; now it’s your turn to get in on the action
A pandemic-induced print shortage is upending press runs and sending titles scrambling to lock in supplies
After two years of wondering, a writer learns why a staff position she had accepted was abruptly rescinded
Speculating about who will be picked as the next executive editor is the media's favorite pastime
In a recent novel centered on the underpaid interns of New York’s fanciest publications, Hermione Hoby asks whether a cultural legacy can be simultaneously saved and overthrown
How is Vox Media making sure its bevy of longform editorial units, now including ones at New York, Epic, The Verge, Vox, Eater, and Polygon, get along?
Guest contributor Rebecca Carroll writes that the legacy of The New Yorker archive’s dismal diversity and inclusion statistics is not just about its editors’ blind spots.
To find the business logic behind Barry Diller’s IAC buying Meredith Corp., follow the e-commerce trail
Retired in New Paltz, the former publisher of The New York Times has walked more than 3,000 miles through the pandemic
‘There may be money for writing longform, just not for me’
Alyson Shontell is not only the first woman to edit the storied business title but also represents a generational changing of the guard.
A small army of underpaid editors is quietly lurking behind the scenes of the newsletter platform dedicated to ‘writer autonomy’
A divided WGAE Council meets next on October 7
Win McCormack and Carol Butler, a political power couple in the Beaver State, are prominent backers of The New York Times columnist’s foray into electoral politics
Following the cue of podcasts and film adaptations, feature writers (and their editors!) are lately making more cameos in compelling longform yarns
Christopher Beha, the magazine’s fourth top editor in the last six years, is taking a six-month book leave… and promises he’ll be back
The rap lyric site has been acquired in an $80 million fire sale, resulting in layoffs and worthless employee stock options
Buzzfeed successfully defends championship