NYT‘s Metro Loss Leaves Room For Competition

Last week was a tough one for The New York Times: not only were employees dropping like flies over a gastrointestinal bug that may or may not have been caused by the food being served in the cafeteria, as well as bemoaning the closing of Times‘ restaurant Montenapo, but Sewell Chan, bureau chief of the Times‘ metro section and founder of its City Room blog, transferred to the Washington bureau of the same paper.

But Chan — who was called “a genius” among other high words of praise in his farewell memo written by Joe Sexton and Bill Keller — leaving New York for D.C. may open up the playing field for other local NYC news organizations. As Daily Intel reported Friday, operations seem to be speeding up at The Wall Street Journal, which is planning to produce its own Metro section by February, instead of the previously forecast April.

The local turf-war between The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal is continuing after last year’s debut of a San Francisco edition from both papers.

Read More: Will the Journal Be Pleased by Sewell Chan’s Departure From the Times ‘Metro’ Section? –Daily Intel

Montenapo Closes in New York Times Building –Grub Street

Previously: New York Times Hits Upon New Plan to Shed Employees, Times New York Metro Desk Gives Fond Farewell To Chan, Welcomes Newman