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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
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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.”
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The competition to be the leading not-Kahn contender only got stiffer in the second week of wagering in Off the Record’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