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8/27/2016

New York Times: We’re Looking For A Few Good Editors To Maintain Our Political Viewpoint …In The Name of Good Journalism, Of Course

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:12 am

[guest post by Dana]

You already know the sort of “editors” they are looking for.

First, a climate change editor:

Drone footage that shows Greenland melting away. Long narratives about the plight of climate refugees, from Louisiana to Bolivia and beyond. A series on the California drought. Color-coded maps that show how hot it could be in 2060.

The New York Times is a leader in covering climate change. Now The Times is ramping up its coverage to make the most important story in the world even more relevant, urgent and accessible to a huge audience around the globe.

We are looking for an editor to lead this dynamic new group. We want someone with an entrepreneurial streak who is obsessed with finding new ways to connect with readers and new ways to tell this vital story.

The coverage should encompass: the science of climate change; the politics of climate debates; the technological race to find solutions; the economic consequences of climate change; and profiles of fascinating characters enmeshed in the issues.

Second, an education editor:

An investigation of the decline of the storied City University of New York. A narrative showing how charter schools’ promise has fallen short in Detroit. A disturbing video showing a teacher harshly berating a student. A stark essay about a black mother’s choice to send her daughter to a functionally segregated school — only to have gentrification take it away.

Education has been a premier subject of New York Times coverage for decades, from the insanity of elite college admission to accountability journalism on classroom inequity. Now The Times is creating an education team to own this critical story on all platforms and for multiple audiences.

The ideal candidate will have a compelling vision of how The New York Times presents education as an urgent, accessible story. The coverage should encompass preschool, K-12, higher education and vocational training, although we are open to proposals that argue for emphasizing one or more areas over others.

And third, an editor covering gender issues:

An analysis that shows how pay decreases when women take over jobs that men used to dominate. A look at how women ruled the Olympics. A searing documentary showing how a mob in Afghanistan killed an innocent woman. Chronicling the quest of women in rural India to work and be independent, even at the cost of their lives. Deep, compelling narratives on the transgender moment. A dazzling visualization of how unemployed men and women spend their time (hint: women clean the house and take care of others; men go back to school and watch TV). A conversation with dozens of women in Hollywood on their battle to make movies on an equal footing with men.

The New York Times has long covered the story of how gender shapes the lives of people across the globe. Now we are seeking a journalist with a compelling vision of how to expand this coverage, from boardroom to bedroom, from the loftiest corridors of power to the back alleys of the world’s most impoverished villages. We are looking for a creative, passionate leader to guide a cross-platform, global coverage vertical on the topic of gender and identity.

The vertical will draw on The Times’s deep coverage of issues related to gender, identity and sexuality, as well as new journalism in all formats: video, photography, data visualizations, podcasts, conferences and more. As with new roles leading coverage of climate change and education, this position will be independent of the department structure, and the editor will have no print obligations.

I haven’t applied yet, but I think we have a winner for the gender editor:

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–Dana

28 Responses to “New York Times: We’re Looking For A Few Good Editors To Maintain Our Political Viewpoint …In The Name of Good Journalism, Of Course”

  1. This made me laugh.

    Dana (995455)

  2. What a load of leftist gobbledygook. Journalism has eaten its own. Kinda like the law and education has. Seems everything leftism touches it destroys.

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  3. I’m available for papier mache projects editor. Bird-cage liner and puppy trainer editor, too. I could write dozens of articles about what the NYT is useful for, actually.

    nk (dbc370)

  4. I’m surprised they didn’t include someone to cover the unicorn shortage in their search for narrative managers. None of the other subjects really matter unless more winged unicorns can be produced.

    Rick Ballard (ce29ad)

  5. The care and feeding of skydragons is an art not a science.

    narciso (732bc0)

  6. gotta do that yummy stinkypig, do it all up in it

    Obama Administration Wants Speed Limiters on Big Trucks and Buses

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. The New York Times should stop chopping down trees in order to print their newspaper articles warning us that people are destroying nature.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  8. Wait a bit, the scientism required to justify taxing exhalation in order to combat the skydragon is complete but inhalation remains untaxed and we’re never going to be able to save the winged unicorn until sufficient taxes are raised to save its ever shrinking environment.

    Do you know how long it has been since the last verified sighting of a winged unicorn? That by itself should be sufficient justification to raise the necessary taxes but neanderthal knuckle draggers will always demand further studies.

    Rick Ballard (ce29ad)

  9. That clash of the titans sequel, btw that glacier that should have melted 60 years ago, is being cited now as proof of the skydragon.

    narciso (732bc0)

  10. Dana, many years ago when I taught and did research at another institution, I got to be pretty good friends with the college president. He was all excited to tell me one day that we had received a large grant to study “the value of diversity in the classroom.”

    I told him that it seemed like a funny grant to have.

    What did I mean, he asked me.

    Well, I replied, if you already knew that diversity is valuable in the classroom, why study it?

    He told me he didn’t understand.

    Okay, I said. What if you found out that diversity *harmed* student learning?

    Surprised, he interrupted me saying that it didn’t; that diversity only helped the classroom.

    So why take money to study it, if you already know the answer, I pressed.

    He didn’t get it.

    But you do, I bet.

    Simon Jester (cff76b)

  11. worms love the times…

    mg (31009b)

  12. That’s so funny, Simon Jester! And so sad at the same time…

    Dana (995455)

  13. I nominate RickyVaughn_99 for all three positions and you should to, for obvious reasons.

    Dystopia Max (76803a)

  14. It is developments, like this one, that persuade me I’ve lived too long.

    felipe (023cc9)

  15. With most voters, I read that “climate change” is near the bottom of the list.

    On many polls, it doesn’t even appear in the top 5 to 8 concerns.

    Things like the economy, jobs, health care, terrorism/national security, illegal immigration, and foreign policy top most voters list, pretty much in that order.

    Climate Change is Trumped by all the above.

    So I REALLY hope that the NY Times puts Climate Change end of the world stories on page one every day until the election and bray about how Obama and Hillary will vanquish this issue that is more dangerous than all other threats combined.

    And Hillary PUHLEEEZZE do ad after ad about the ravages of this curse and how you’ll save us all.

    Please also tell us you did release ALL your emails, but Climate Change “ate them.”

    Yes… yes… tell us!

    PTS (ce7fc3)

  16. “We want someone with vision!!” to write exactly what we tell them, lol.

    Just in time for the election? Vote for Hillary or we will all die!

    Patricia (5fc097)

  17. “Vote for Hillary or we will all die!”

    If Trump was alt-right, it might be well-founded. Sadly, we’ll probably only see their careers die (HULK HOGAN AND DONALD TRUMP ARE DISGRACEFUL MODERATES ON CLICKBAITDEATH).

    Dystopia Max (76803a)

  18. The climate has certainly changed for newspapers.

    They’re dying.

    Dinosaurs all.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  19. Like I said earlier, Trump will get more votes if he has a letter from his doctor saying he only has three months left to live.

    nk (dbc370)

  20. If America’s consumption of fossil fuels is such a terrible burden upon nature and the world, then why should we import zillions more people from Syria and Mexico? Shouldn’t those folks just remain in their beautiful homelands where they will have a smaller carbon footprint?

    I’m just asking.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  21. I like Bill Whittle’s interpretation.

    https://youtu.be/x5uB6W4DiZM

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  22. An analysis that shows how pay decreases when women take over jobs that men used to dominate

    That’s the free market. Women settle for less (perhaps they have other considersations as well) and stay in the job longer. There’s no conspiracy.

    Sammy Finkelman (067111)

  23. Simon Jester (cff76b) — 8/27/2016 @ 10:19 am

    many years ago when I taught and did research at another institution, I got to be pretty good friends with the college president. He was all excited to tell me one day that we had received a large grant to study “the value of diversity in the classroom.”

    ….Well, I replied, if you already knew that diversity is valuable in the classroom, why study it?

    He told me he didn’t understand.

    Okay, I said. What if you found out that diversity *harmed* student learning?

    Surprised, he interrupted me saying that it didn’t; that diversity only helped the classroom.

    So why take money to study it, if you already know the answer, I pressed….

    He wanted to find out HOW MUCH it helped.

    Sammy Finkelman (067111)

  24. The New York Times finally caught up today with the news that rebbetzin Esther Jungries died. They probably didn’t have any obituaries prepared. The Jewish weeklies, which come out on Wednesday, had the news, although she died on Tuesday. I did learn some more detail from the New York Times.

    I was surpised at was that Esther Jungreis was only 80 yeara old, but learned that last week. The New York times had some more detail on her life. I thought she was sent to Auschwitz, but she was on the Kastner train (an aunt paid) and sent to Bergen Belsen, then six months later to Switzerland.

    Sammy Finkelman (067111)

  25. “He wanted to find out HOW MUCH it helped.”

    Was that professor’s name Robert Putnam?

    Dystopia Max (76803a)

  26. Momma abedin is a piece of work, I tell ya.

    narciso (732bc0)

  27. The “coming out” of a publication everyone already knew was just a propaganda machine.

    Hunkahillbilly (d221ce)


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