Tyson Evans and Jonathan Galinsky join New York Times newsroom strategy team

A.G. Sulzberger, senior editor for strategy at the New York Times, sent this memo to colleagues this afternoon:

Introducing the Newsroom Strategy Team

I’m excited to announce that Tyson Evans, a deputy editor of Interactive News, and Jonathan Galinsky, a manager with Strategy & Development, will be joining the newly formed newsroom strategy team. Tyson and Jon will be perfect partners to launch this effort,times which will focus on working with the masthead to identify, develop and prioritize digital initiatives, implementing some of the recommendations in the Innovation Report, and collaborating with colleagues throughout the building to ensure we’re keeping pace with the fast-changing needs and habits of our readers.

As his many fans around the newsroom can attest, Tyson combines a sharp journalism mind with a deep fluency in technology and systems. During his five years on Interactive News, he has made countless contributions to our coverage of major events and stories, including three Olympic games, Hurricane Sandy and investigative series like Toxic Waters, while helping grow our team of newsroom developers into an industry-leading operation. He previously worked at The Las Vegas Sun and The Los Angeles Times and is an adjunct professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism./CONTINUES

Jon became a familiar face in the newsroom as an invaluable contributor to the Innovation Report. A member of the company strategy team, he has played key roles on numerous projects over his three years at The Times, including refining the digital subscription model and developing plans for digital products like NYT Now. He will be relocating to the third floor but will maintain his formal connection to his strategy colleagues on the 16th floor, jointly reporting to Ben Monnie and me to help ensure that the entire company is working in concert. A journalist at heart — he was managing editor of the student newspaper at Williams College and quickly impressed all of us with his reporting skills — he called working in the newsroom a “dream job.”

In the next few months Tyson and Jon will be joined by an external hire, to ensure our work is enhanced by outside perspectives. We will be looking for someone with a passion for digital media and a proven track record of innovating. Suggestions of candidates are welcome.

We feel confident that we can push forward this work with a small team in part because so many of you have volunteered your time and ideas. We are excited to take you up on those offers — on occasion others from the newsroom will be invited to join the group to help with specific projects. In the meantime, please reach out to any of us if you have questions, ideas or anything else you’d like to discuss.

— A.G. Sulzberger