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Making News at The New York Times

Nikki Usher

Publication Year: 2014

Published by: University of Michigan Press

Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-v


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pp. ix-x

This project would have been impossible without the unconditional support I received at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and at the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. I extend...

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Introduction: The Times in the Digital Age

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pp. 1-29

The new New York Times building that stands blocks away from its namesake Times Square is a fifty-two- story, Renzo Piano-designed office tower between Fortieth and Forty-first streets on Eighth Avenue. The ground floor of the building is dedicated to a...

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1. Setting: News about the News: The Times in 2010

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pp. 30-48

What was remarkably different about The Times in 2010 is that reporters were not, on a day-to- day level, concerned with losing their jobs or seeing the paper go out of print, unlike those at many other major newspapers.1 As Bill Keller said on Pulitzer Day in 2010, when the...

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2. Three Days in the Lives of New York Times Journalists

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pp. 49-86

Graham Bowley, financial reporter, was ready to tackle a task he knew would feed the ire of the American public: revealing just how much money Goldman Sachs had managed to earn in 2010. In the aftermath of the financial collapse, Goldman was a stand-in for all that was wrong...

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3. The Irony of Immediacy

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pp. 87-124

The Daily Show, perhaps the site of the greatest media criticism of its day, sent “reporter” Jason Jones into The New York Times newsroom. His mockumentary piece about the sure death of newspapers seemed to epitomize the situation in which The New York Times found itself...

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4. Immediacy: To What End?

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pp. 125-149

In some ways, business health reporter Barry Meier was pretty lucky. He wasn’t working on a big breaking story that was sensitive to immediate time deadlines. Instead, he had been given the time and space to plug away at an evolving story on failing medical devices. So far, he...

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5. Interactivity: What Is It? Who Are These People? And Why?

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pp. 150-185

When newly anointed Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel gave his thank you speech in front of The New York Times’ staff, he made specific mention of Times staff members that no other journalist had ever given a nod to at this kind of gathering: the people who...

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6. Participation, Branding, and the New New York Times

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pp. 186-215

But Joachim, arguably, was using Twitter pretty poorly at the time. His tweets were composed of links to New York Times content, and he only had a few followers, or people who subscribed to his Twitter feed. But he was trying, at least, and doing so without the intervention of the...

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7. Prelude to What?

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pp. 216-241

Whenever I had the occasion to speak with anyone at The Times about this project after my departure from the newsroom, at least half would pause and then say, “But wait, everything has changed.” The other half, by and large, pointed out small but still noticeable differences: that the...

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pp. 242-246

I gained access to The Times through a confluence of lucky events. First and foremost, Martin Nisenholtz had been a student of my advisor, Larry Gross, at the University of Pennsylvania, and he was able to issue a command from the top to let me in to the newsroom. Second, Kevin...


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pp. 247-255


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pp. 257-273


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pp. 275-283

E-ISBN-13: 9780472120499
E-ISBN-10: 0472120492
Print-ISBN-13: 9780472035960
Print-ISBN-10: 0472119362

Publication Year: 2014

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  • New York times.
  • Journalism -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
  • Online journalism -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
  • Journalism -- Technological innovations.
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