Memo to staff:
From: NYT Company Mail
Date: Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM
Subject: On the Record from Arthur, Mark and Dean: Proposed Changes to Print INYT
To: All Company Employees
Earlier this month, we announced a significant financial investment and new organizational structure intended to prioritize global digital growth and greatly increase the numbers of international readers and subscribers over the next several years. This initiative is consistent with our focus on digital-first across The New York Times.
To date, we have made tremendous strides in focusing our attention and investments on digital expansion, with more resources being dedicated to video, multimedia and other forms of interactive storytelling as well as tactics and programs to accelerate growth in our digital subscription base. We believe these investments are needed to remain competitive as the global media landscape continues to shift toward mobile platforms./CONTINUES
And, we’re investing time and money in adapting print to this shifting future too. Print remains a vital platform to The New York Times. Today, we are announcing a proposal to redesign our international print newspaper to make it better, more relevant and crucially, more economically sustainable in an increasingly digital world. Without these changes, the international paper’s future would be uncertain at best.
Readers today, particularly our highly traveled international readers, have different needs and expectations of print publications than even a few years ago. Our goal with this proposed redesign is to increase the breadth and depth of analysis, opinion and other coverage on topics that are most meaningful and pertinent to international audiences.
Another goal of the proposal is to simplify our production process and enable us to produce the paper far more efficiently than we do today, a step that is critical to its financial viability. Without these proposed changes, we do not believe that an international print New York Times is sustainable over the long term.
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson and Joe Kahn, who are leading our international efforts and overseeing the proposed redesign, will share more details with our colleagues at the INYT, but the proposal we announced today would result in the closing of the editing and pre-press print production operation in Paris, with those responsibilities moving to Hong Kong and New York.
France remains a vital market for us and we will maintain a robust news bureau in Paris as well as a core international advertising office there.
We regret that the proposal includes the elimination of jobs in Paris and we want to express our appreciation to colleagues – past and present – who through their hard work, have contributed to maintaining a tradition of excellence in global journalism at the IHT and INYT.
We believe that the proposal we have put forth today is necessary to sustain our global journalistic mission and best serve our valued international print readers and advertisers well into the future.
Arthur, Mark and Dean