How Journalists Wrestle With Covering Threats to Democracy

A new report challenges news outlets to provide richer, more urgent coverage of the rise of authoritarian movements in the United States and abroad.

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My Times: Career Advice From a Career in the Trenches

Thirty years ago, I arrived at The Times as an intern. This is what I’ve learned.

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From Sandy Hook to Uvalde, the Violent Images Never Seen

Frustrated Americans ask whether the release of graphic photos of gun violence would lead to better policy. But which photos, and who decides?

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Here’s Why Tallies of U.S. Covid Deaths Aren’t All the Same

Even the White House has acknowledged that there is no consensus method for compiling coronavirus data.

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Introducing ‘First Person,’ a New Podcast From New York Times Opinion

Every opinion starts with a story.

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Pulitzer Winners Include The New York Times and The Washington Post

The New York Times won multiple awards, and The Washington Post won the prestigious public service category for its reporting on the attack on the Capitol.

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NY Times says Wordle drove “tens of millions” of new users, record growth

<em>Wordle</em>'s value to The New York Times isn't much of a puzzle.

Enlarge / Wordle‘s value to The New York Times isn’t much of a puzzle.

The New York Times’ seven-figure purchase of viral hit Wordle in January was “incredibly valuable” to the company and was responsible for “an unprecedented tens of millions of new users to The Times,” the media giant said in announcing its quarterly earnings Wednesday morning. And while New York Times Co. CEO Meredith Kopit Levien said the “majority of these incremental users only played Wordle, many… stayed to play other games, which drove our best quarter ever for net subscriber additions to Games.”

Levien said during an earnings call that the number of average weekly users for the Times’ non-Wordle games “nearly doubled” during the quarter ending in March. The game “played an outsized role in the quarter’s engagement and subscriber growth,” she added.

The Wordle acquisition was part of a larger effort to make The New York Times seem “more valuable to more people by helping them make the most of their lives and passions,” Levien said during the call.

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#fad, #gaming-culture, #new-york-times, #wordle

Mask Ruling Underscores Deep Split in Attitudes

Many readers of The Times said a judge’s decision to strike down the mask mandate on public transportation was “political” and “outrageous.” Others called it a relief.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #masks, #new-york-times, #polls-and-public-opinion, #transportation, #your-feed-healthcare

Joe Kahn Is Named Executive Editor of The New York Times

Mr. Kahn, 57, will take over a newsroom undergoing enormous change.

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Joe Kahn: A Quiet Intensity, Matched With Big Ambitions

Joe Kahn, the next executive editor of The New York Times, has had a steady rise in journalism. It began with a decision to turn his focus to China.

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Attention, High Schoolers

We’d like to hear your opinions. Send us a letter about a recent article that caught your eye in The Times.

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An old music industry scheme, revived for the Spotify era

An old music industry scheme, revived for the Spotify era

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Benn Jordan was flattered when he scanned his inbox.

Jordan is a musician who records and performs under various pseudonyms, most famously as The Flashbulb. His music is best described as electronica with occasional hints of modern jazz, and while he has become pretty successful, he hasn’t headlined any big festivals yet. So when a fawning email from a New York Times reporter arrived, he took note.

“An odd question from a newspaper reporter,” the subject read. It was addressed to Jordan’s booking agent, who had forwarded it to him. “My name is Ian Urbina, and I work for The New York Times,” Urbina wrote. “I’m contacting you not for an interview per se but because I want to run an idea by you that I think might be of great interest. I’ve been a fan of Benn’s for a while. My idea concerns using music to empower storytelling.”

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#copyright, #features, #music-industry, #new-york-times, #policy, #royalties, #spotify

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Daughter and That Photo

A Times photographer talks about documenting history and pride at the Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

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America Has a Free Speech Problem

A new poll finds Americans very anxious about the state of free speech.

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Justin Smith, Former Bloomberg C.E.O., Offers New Details on Media Start-up

The former Bloomberg Media C.E.O. offered new details on the venture he is starting with the journalist Ben Smith.

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What Makes a Times Article Go Viral?

Facebook posts, shares, emails and page views: We may already know how an article spreads online, but we’re still learning why it lights up the internet.

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Ben and Justin Smith Name Gina Chua as Executive Editor at News Start-Up

Ms. Chua has been the executive editor of Reuters and in charge of its editorial operations.

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Brent Renaud, Crusading Filmmaker, Is Killed at 50

He traveled around the world and the United States making documentaries about urgent moral issues. He was shot to death while filming in Ukraine.

#deaths-obituaries, #documentary-films-and-programs, #immigration-and-emigration, #irpin-ukraine, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #renaud-brent, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

The New York Times Pulls Its News Staff From Russia

Other news organizations, like the BBC and Bloomberg, have suspended their operations in Russia in response to a new law that effectively criminalizes independent reporting.

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Several Western News Organizations Suspended Operations in Russia

BBC and Bloomberg News were among the media outlets that instructed Russia-based reporters to cease news gathering after a new law cracked down on news and free speech.

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New York Times Tech Workers Vote to Certify Union

The ratification, with about 80 percent of ballots in favor, makes it the largest tech union in the United States with collective bargaining rights.

#collective-bargaining, #national-labor-relations-board, #new-york-times, #new-york-times-company, #newsguild, #organized-labor

Judge Says Sarah Palin ‘Failed to Prove Her Case’ Against The Times

In a written opinion explaining his decision to dismiss Ms. Palin’s defamation case, Judge Jed S. Rakoff also stated his faith in the integrity of the jury.

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Michele McNally, Who Elevated Times Photography, Dies at 66

The paper won six Pulitzer Prizes for photography during her tenure as its director of photography and a trailblazing member of the newsroom’s top management.

#deaths-obituaries, #mcnally-michele, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #photography, #pulitzer-prizes

Jane Brody, Trailblazing Service Journalist, Retires From The Times

After blazing a trail for women and pioneering science-based service journalism, the popular author of The Times’s Personal Health column is saying goodbye.

#content-type-service, #internal-sub-only-nl, #new-york-times, #writing-and-writers

Wall Street Journal Owner Opts for ‘Flexible’ Office Return

Team leaders will decide what type of return would work best, the chief executive of Dow Jones wrote in a companywide email.

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Israel Says Police Didn’t Hack Civilians Without Court Approval

An official investigation refuted claims that the police had illegally hacked dozens of civilians using spyware from NSO Group, an Israeli company that has long attracted global scrutiny.

#israel, #new-york-times, #nso-group, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Finnegan, Dog Known for His Exemplary Nose, Dies at 14

In life, animals are rarely treated with the respect due these fellow travelers on earth; when they die, we have one last chance to do so.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #animals, #deaths-obituaries, #dogs, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers

Modern Love College Essay Contest: What Is Love Like For You?

In these turbulent times, are the kids … all right? If you’re in college, tell us what love is like for you today. (Maybe it’s good?)

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The Yes Men: Revenge of the Pranksters

A collective that blazed a trail with corporate hoaxes occupies an uneasy space between art and activism.

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Palin Libel Case Isn’t Likely to End Efforts to Weaken Press Protections

Lawyers sympathetic to revisiting libel law say several cases in the courts could be used to re-examine longstanding Supreme Court precedent.

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Jurors in Sarah Palin Trial Knew of Judge’s Decision to Dismiss

The judge said several jurors acknowledged knowing about his decision but said it had not “played any role whatever in their deliberations.”

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Sarah Palin’s Libel Claim Against The Times Is Rejected by a Jury

The verdict came a day after the judge said he planned to dismiss the case, ruling that Ms. Palin’s legal team had failed to prove that the newspaper defamed her.

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Here’s how the New York Times changed Wordle

Here’s how the New York Times changed Wordle

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When the New York Times purchased viral daily word game hit Wordle for a “low seven figures” price late last month, the new owner promised that “no changes will be made to its gameplay.” But while Wordle‘s basic guessing system remains unaltered, it turns out that the Times has made some minor changes to the five-letter word lists that help define the game.

Since its public launch last October, Wordle has relied on two basic lists of five-letter words. The first, which defines which words players are allowed to guess, encompasses nearly 13,000 words—pretty much every such word in the English language. The second, a list of daily answers, contains a more limited set of about 2,300 of those words, originally chosen based on whether they were familiar to Wordle creator Josh Wardle’s partner, Palak Shah (that second list should last the game into October of 2027).

Both lists have long been semi-public knowledge for anyone who takes the time to look through the game’s unobfuscated JavaScript code, which was not exactly created with security in mind. In the past, some players have even exploited that lax security to try to spoil the daily Wordle solution for others.

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Jurors Will Continue to Deliberate on Sarah Palin’s Lawsuit Against The Times

A federal judge said Monday that he planned to dismiss the case, ruling that Ms. Palin’s legal team had failed to meet the high legal standard required to prove that the newspaper defamed her.

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Judge Plans to Dismiss Sarah Palin’s Lawsuit Against The Times

The jury will continue to deliberate. The judge indicated that he believed an appeal was likely and said that the appeals court “would greatly benefit from knowing how the jury would decide” the case.

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Zimbabwe Abruptly Closes Prosecution of Reporter for New York Times

Prosecutors ended their case against Jeffrey Moyo without calling key witnesses on Monday, prompting a move to dismiss a case that even government lawyers have called “shaky.”

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Sarah Palin’s Libel Suit Against The Times Moves to Closing Arguments

The former governor of Alaska wrapped up her testimony on Thursday, during which she said The New York Times has spread “lies” about her. The jury could start deliberating on Friday afternoon.

#libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #palin-sarah, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sarah Palin Will Continue Testimony in New York Times Libel Trial

The former governor of Alaska is expected to testify about the ways she felt defamed by an editorial The New York Times published in 2017.

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New York Times May Publish Documents About Project Veritas, Court Says

A state appeals court said that a judge’s order preventing publication of the documents would not be enforced until a formal appeal could be heard.

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James Bennet to Continue Testifying in Sarah Palin Libel Trial

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, claims The New York Times acted recklessly in publishing an editorial that incorrectly linked her to a mass shooting.

#bennet-james, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #palin-sarah

Sarah Palin’s Lawyers to Call Former Times Editor in Libel Trial

The decisions made by the editor, James Bennet, are at the heart of the lawsuit brought by former Gov. Sarah Palin.

#bennet-james, #congressional-baseball-team-shooting-june-2017, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #palin-sarah

John Vinocur, Foreign Correspondent and Editor, Dies at 81

After decades as a reporter for The A.P. and The Times, he became executive editor of The International Herald Tribune and a columnist on world affairs.

#associated-press, #deaths-obituaries, #international-herald-tribune, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #vinocur-john

The Complexities of Addiction Treatment

Responses to an essay about the experience of Oregon and Portugal with drug decriminalization. Also: Jeff Zucker’s ouster at CNN; displaying good news.

#addiction-psychology, #cnn, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #oregon, #portugal, #zucker-jeff

Robin Herman, Who Pried Open Doors in the N.H.L., Dies at 70

When hockey teams barred female reporters from men’s locker rooms, she pushed back, breaking through a barrier and campaigning successfully for equal access for women.

#deaths-obituaries, #discrimination, #herman-robin, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #new-york-rangers, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #women-and-girls

NYT Hits Goal of 10 Million Subscriptions, Closes on The Athletic

The deal for the sports site, which was finalized on Tuesday, helped the company reach that goal a couple of years early.

#athletic-media-co, #audm-inc, #company-reports, #kopit-levien-meredith, #new-york-times, #new-york-times-company, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #stocks-and-bonds, #wordle-puzzle

What We Learned About Pegasus, the Smartphone Cracker

Israel used the NSO Group’s cyberweapon as a tool of diplomacy. The F.B.I. tested it for domestic surveillance. Then everything soured. Here are highlights of a New York Times Magazine investigation.

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Sarah Palin Has Covid, Delaying Libel Case Against The New York Times

Jed S. Rakoff, the judge in the trial, said it would now begin on Feb. 3, following three positive test results for Ms. Palin.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #palin-sarah, #rakoff-jed-s

To Continue Reading, Swipe Left

“Bursts,” a conversational story format designed for mobile devices, allows readers to break from the vertical plunge and swipe sideways.

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Pause in Zimbabwe Trial of Freelance Reporter for The Times

The trial of Jeffrey Moyo, accused of having fabricated accreditation cards for two New York Times journalists, will resume next month.

#accreditation, #freedom-of-the-press, #moyo-jeffrey, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #zimbabwe

Oregon Says Nicholas Kristof Cannot Run for Governor

The secretary of state said that Mr. Kristof, a former New York Times columnist, did not meet the state’s three-year residency requirement.

#elections-governors, #kristof-nicholas-d, #new-york-times, #oregon, #politics-and-government