New York Times Maps Out Plans for Expanded Canadian Coverage

Newly hired bureau chief Catherine Porter will oversee a local staff of three.

Dylan C. Robertson once worked for the Toronto Star as a radio room reporter. Now a freelance journalist based in Ottawa, he has the scoop this week about The New York Times’ latest expansion plans and associated hire of Star social justice columnist Catherine Porter as the paper’s new Toronto bureau chief.

New York Times deputy international editor Jodi Rudoren is currently in Toronto with several editors, chairing a Jan. 26-27 meeting to map out the paper’s expanded north-of-the-border plans. From Robertson’s report for The Canadian Journalism Project, a collaborative effort of Ryerson University, Carleton University and Montreal’s University of Laval:

Rudoren says “people across the newsroom” will be flying to Canada more, to cover individual stories on everything from books to climate change or food trends.

“It’s a little easier for us to do that in Canada than almost any place else,” she said, noting that Manhattan staff will curate social media and multimedia for Canada stories.

Porter’s on-site staff, also in attendance at the two-day meeting, will consist of Dan Levin, Craig S. Smith and Ottawa-based Ian Austen. Some may remember the new bureau chief’s tangle a few years ago with Canadian conservative columnist Ezra Levant, which led to a mild castigation by Star public editor Kathy English.

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