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Seth D. Michael tweeted after seeing this in Thursday’s New York Times Bits section: “Extremely optimistic NYT illustration has a guy in a driverless car reading a print-edition newspaper.” Was it the artist’s idea, or Times editors’? I wondered. Did he consider a drawing a tablet instead of a newspaper? Here’s what illustrator Bob Scott tells Romenesko readers:

Yes, that was my idea. I thought the concept of having this driver in the future still reading a newspaper (no doubt the NY Times) was amusing, but had no idea it would get such a big reaction. [Over 4,000 retweets for Michaels, and check out the replies!]

I never seriously considered a tablet, or any other high tech device for this and was glad that the editors went along with it. In a small way it was also an homage to printed publications- with the hope that they will still be around in the future.

* Tipping point in transit (

* New York Times corrections for June 8, 2015 (

Earlier on “Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle”:
* “I think the right answer is Yes sir, Yes sir. I always thought the questioner starts with BAA, BAA”
* “Good catch. I say, ‘Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?’ And the sheep responds, ‘Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full…'”

New: “The Times regrets that it has readers for whom this correction is necessary,” and more comments (

Memo from New York Times business editor Dean Murphy:

From: “Murphy, Dean”
Date: Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 5:27 PM
Subject: New roles for David Gelles and Brian Chen
To: “!NYHQ-bizstaff”

We are pleased to announce that David Gelles and Brian Chen are taking on new roles for BizDay.

David will write regularly for Sunday Business about finance and other Wall Street and business subjects, drawing upon his experience covering M&A, media, marketing and tech. Since joining The Times two years ago, David has untangled complex business subjects for our readers, both on deadline and in long-form features, demonstrating over and over again that financial journalism can be engaging and compelling./CONTINUES Read More

Five months ago today Stuart Elliott retired as New York Times advertising columnist after 23 years at the paper. So, how is it going?

“What’s surprised me about life after the Times is that, indeed, there’s life after the Times!” he tells Romenesko readers. “I’ve started some freelance writing, first off with a weekly column for Media Village, a new venture by Jack Myers of MyersBizNet. I am also moderating panels and speaking to ad agencies and college classes.

“I didn’t expect to retire completely when I took the Times buyout in December, but I didn’t plan for another career per se; my post-Times life is sort of a work in progress that I’m making up as I go along and I wouldn’t be surprised if five months from now it looks different from today.”

What’s your typical day like?
There’s really no ‘typical’ day now, which is a big, nice change from my days at the Times. The biggest change is that I’m finally able to meet folks for lunches; when I worked at the Times I would eat lunch at my desk almost every day because of my deadlines. … I’m certainly nowhere near as busy as I was at the Times, where I was cranking out the weekday ad column for print, writing the weekly email newsletter for, reporting online articles for the website and so forth. That was a lot of work!

Have source relationships changed because you’re no longer with the newspaper?
I’ve been removed from a lot of mailing lists, email lists and such, which I expected when I left the Times since I was giving up the full-time duties of the ad column, newsletter, etc. I don’t believe I have been getting the brush from folks I email or call because I’m no longer at the Times. …Because of my writing, panelizing, speaking, etc., I feel I still ought to keep up with the ad world” and stay in touch with old sources.

Your review of the “Mad Men” finale?
The more I think about the ending for the final episode of “Mad Men,” the more I like it. It’s far less ambiguous than the final seconds of “The Sopranos” but left enough room for debate (did Don return to McCann-Erickson the following year to create the Coke “Hilltop” commercial? did Peggy write it? did they collaborate on it? Or did Don stay in California and start a chain of Esalen-style retreats? Or return to New York eventually and join Joan at Holloway Harris?)

* Stuart Elliott on Twitter

From Wednesday’s New York Times:

* Commodes have improved at Port Authority bus terminal (

Update: Times public editor Margaret Sullivan writes: “The article has a light touch, and Mr. Barron — the rewrite man who can turn mush into poetry — was probably just sending up the whole matter of how freely anonymity is granted and for what absurd reasons.”

New: Read the comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers

* The firing of Jill Abramson, as depicted by Taiwanese Animators (
* New York mag: Abramson was fired; Ira Glass: “I have no idea what you’re talking about” (

Emily Steel is leaving the Financial Times to cover the TV industry for the New York Times. “Just thrilled about the opportunity,” she tweets. “It’s a dream job,” former Times TV-beat reporter Brian Stelter tells her.

This note went to Times staffers this morning:

May 16, 2014

Emily Steel to Join Media Desk
We are pleased to announce that Emily Steel will join The New York Times as a media reporter covering the television industry. Read more in this note from Peter Lattman, Bill Brink and Craig Hunter.

Emily Steel

Emily Steel

The cheers you’re now hearing around the newsroom are from our colleagues who once worked with Emily at The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. They had urged us to hire Emily, and having competed against her, it didn’t take much convincing.

Emily spent six years at the Journal and the last two at the FT as its media and marketing correspondent. At the Journal, she contributed several stories to the paper’s Pulitzer-finalist “End of Privacy” series about the pervasive tracking of Americans online, including her high-impact piece about privacy breaches at Facebook. Her media reporting at the FT has been topnotch, including her recent coverage of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

She will be a triple threat on this beat, with deep experience covering the traditional broadcast and cable networks; the disruptive forces in television (Netflix, Amazon, Aereo, etc.); and all facets of the advertising business.

Emily was born in Salt Lake City, spent her grade school years in Lincoln, Neb., and then moved to East Lyme, Conn., for junior high and high school. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, where she was a top editor at the Daily Tar Heel.

She starts June 16. Please help us welcome her.

— Peter, Bill and Craig

My tipster writes: “That’s five reporters the Times has taken from the FT in the last year: Alexandra Stevenson and David Gelles for Dealbook, Vanessa Friedman to lead fashion coverage, Alan Rappeport to work on a new DC project, and now Emily for Brian Stelter’s old job.”

Longtime New York Times tech columnist David Pogue is leaving the New York Times for Yahoo — “a company that’s young, revitalized, aggressive …[and] razor-focused,” he says. || Pogue’s announcement and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s statement.

Yahoo’s release:


SUNNYVALE, Calif. (October 21, 2013) — Yahoo today announced that technology columnist, best-selling author and television host David Pogue will join Yahoo to spearhead the company’s consumer technology content. David will lead a major expansion of consumer tech coverage on Yahoo and will publish columns, blog posts, video stories and more, starting later this year.

“Yahoo is a company that’s young, revitalized, aggressive and, under Marissa Mayer’s leadership, razor-focused,” David said. “We all thrive on new experiences, and as someone who loves to build cool new stuff, I’m excited to jump in head first.”

“Yahoo is in a unique position to bring to life great editorial about the technology consumers are using every day,” said Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo. “David is tremendously talented, has a great sense of humor, and is one of the best technology experts I’ve ever encountered. I can’t think of a more perfect person to make technology more accessible and helpful for the hundreds of millions of people who come to Yahoo every day.”

David has covered the consumer technology industry for more than 25 years, most recently as a columnist for the New York Times.

Jason Feifer emails: “I just tweeted this out and then thought, hey, I bet Jim Romenesko would be interested in this question too!

“Nicholas Confessore’s wedding was included in the Sunday Styles section [last Sunday].justasking I wonder how the Times makes the decision to include or exclude its reporters’ weddings. Must be a spirited debate, to say the least.”

New York Times society editor Bob Woletz tells Feifer and other Romenesko readers:

We do not offer guarantees to anyone – staffers included – – that an item about any particular wedding will appear. And just like all of the other couples who submit their weddings for consideration, staffers must also fill out the online form and submit them on deadline to us. Then, as with all submissions, they are judged on a case-by-case basis, with space in that Sunday’s paper and other couples getting married that weekend are key factors in who makes the final cut.

* Anna Hoffman, Nicholas Confessore (
* Read the comments about this on my Facebook wall (

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. tells his staff: “We will cover the Savile story with objectivity and rigor. [Incoming Times Co. CEO] Mark [Thompson] endorses that completely as do I. Both of us believe passionately in strong, objective journalism that operates without fear or favor, no matter what it is covering. We have dedicated a significant amount of resources to this story and this is evident by the coverage we have provided our readers.”

The full letter that Sulzberger sent to employees this morning:

October 25, 2012

On the Record — Third Quarter 2012

Arthur writes: Dear Colleagues,

Our third-quarter results announced this morning reflect a challenging advertising environment in both print and digital, which was affected by a number of factors including uncertainty in the global economy, the rapidly changing habits of consumers and the increasing complexity and fragmentation of the digital advertising marketplace. We expect overall advertising revenue trends to be similar for the fourth quarter.

On a better note, our results also reflect continued growth in our circulation revenues led by the ongoing expansion of our digital subscription base, both at The Times and the Globe. As of the end of September, paid digital subscriptions across our Company totaled 592,000, up 11 percent from the end of the second quarter.

When you put it all together, the Times Company had an operating profit of $8.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared with $21 million in the same period of 2011. Excluding depreciation, amortization and severance, operating profit was $34 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared with $47.7 million in the third quarter of 2011./CONTINUES Read More