NYT in 90 Seconds


  • One look at the changes over at Time names the weekly’s ever-slimming look, its new Friday street date and pending employee cuts (is that all?) as the major changes Richard Stengel has initiated in his half-year post at the mag. Patience in its reader base will be key in upcoming months until the redesigns of the magazine and the new Web site— which makes its debut today— are complete.
  • The Politico plows ahead with high aspirations in the midst of a general retreat from Washington coverage forced by the glut of news from the capital city; and to top it off, access to the new venture’s reporting will be free for readers both online and in print.
  • As we’ve noted, bloggers are (still) not appeased by the A.P.’s confirmation of a disputed source used in reports on the violence in Iraq, as this week they’ve shifted their criticism to the fact that the A.P. itself was at the root of the article acknowledging police captain Jamil Hussein, the source in question.
  • WSJ reporter Robert Frank and NYT contributor Robert Frank both will release new books— on the same topic (American wealth) no less— this summer. Not to worry: apparently the writers are “more amused than annoyed” by the coincidental timing.
  • Cole Campbell, one of the earliest newspaper editors to foster the idea of ‘civic journalism,’ died Friday in Reno, Nevada, when his vehicle flipped on an icy road.
  • DirecTV is all set to unveil the Sat-go, a 25-lb mobile satellite and television system projected to retail at over $1,000 bucks a pop starting this spring, today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
  • A story suggests that the ensuing print-Internet court battle being waged in China over violated copyright laws reflects the start of a media war and hints at a possible shift in policies in a country that has long been called a “no man’s land for intellectual property rights.”
  • An email from one of the Times‘ own, a senior editor, may be used in the suit against the paper over columns written about the deadly anthrax mailings back in 2001.