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The New York Times Changes Things Up

Feb 27, 2015

Amy Simons

The New York Times is changing its daily editors' meeting. It's moving from a traditional Page One meeting, in which editors pitch their strongest stories, to what will be called the Dean’s List. This new format will focus more on the Times' digital products, such as for their mobile app and website. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Judd Slivka and Amy Simons discuss the issue on KBIA-FM's media criticism program, "Views of the News."

With more people getting their news from either a tablet or phone, Perry points out that this new method is targeting the mobile audience.

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"It sort of speaking to the new way in which people get their news and information."

Slivka voiced a concern about the potential for the Times to become a newspaper in which is just concerned with what is going on now. With the news constantly changing, this new strategy could turn the Times into a news organization that is more concerned with clicks and web traffic than the “bigger picture” stories. Simons points out that news gathering goals may change. Perry’s concern is that what makes it on the front page of the paper may not make it online.

"If you don't, you're going to have, basically, what Judd is talking about, what's going to get the most clicks, what's going to be the news of now, without the context."

That is something the Times is known for: bringing the wealth and context to a story, as Perry mentions.