There is no end to the disruption caused by the digital revolution as it sweeps forward. Traditional media outlets, whether they have become more savvy or more desperate, are responding by ringing the changes.
In the latest example, the New York Times has announced the launch of two new online ventures. One, involving the current Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt, is a data journalism initiative.
In the words of NY Times executive editor Jill Abramson, the start-up will “be at the nexus of data and news” across a range of subjects, including economics, politics, policy, education and sports. And Leonhardt’s team will include “reporters, graphics editors, economists, historians and political scientists.”
The site is largely viewed as a replacement for FiveThirtyEight, the website created at the NY Times by Nate Silver, which he took ESPN in July.
The second venture, supervised by Washington bureau deputy Carl Hulse, is an early-morning news tip sheet about the events in Washington. It’s expected to resemble the New York Today report.
According to Abramson’s memo, the Washington report will “harvest the best tweets of bureau reporters and aggregate other elements from the Washington news report.”
With Leonhardt moving on, Carolyn Ryan will become Washington bureau chief. Though she was will relocate to the capital, she will continue to oversee the reporting team in New York. (Abramson’s full memo is here).
In addition, the NYTimes has also launched The New York Times Minute, a thrice-daily video sequence that highlights three current top stories.
Joe Pompeo quotes Abramson as describing the innovation as “a natural extension of our journalism that allows our viewers a quick and useful way to keep up with the news.”
Meanwhile, the digital investigative journalism project launched by Pierre Omidyar, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill has gained another major recruit – Jay Rosen.
On his blog, Press Think, Rosen writes of his getting on board the venture they are calling NewCo. He explains his reasoning in a lengthy posting and reveals his enthusiasm for building “something that can sustain itself and produce excellent work.”
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