Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The changing newsroom at the New York Times

Emily Nussbaum wrote an article for the New York Magazine describing the changing face of the New York Times newsroom. She describes how young software developers have become just as important to the Times as journalists and how the Times Building often feels more like a Silicon Valley startup than a newspaper headquarters.

“The proposal was to create a newsroom: a group of developers-slash-journalists, or journalists-slash-developers, who would work on long-term, medium-term, short-term journalism—everything from elections to NFL penalties to kind of the stuff you see in the Word Train.” This team would “cut across all the desks,” providing a corrective to the maddening old system, in which each innovation required months for permissions and design. The new system elevated coders into full-fledged members of the Times—deputized to collaborate with reporters and editors, not merely to serve their needs.

"The Renegades at the New York Times" -- New York Magazine

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