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Future of NY Times

If you have time, and I mean like a good thirty minutes, check out this really well-written article featured in this month's Vanity Fair by Mark Bowden. The feature is titled New York Times on the Precipice, and covers the family-owned paper from its first Sulzburger to Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., current publisher of the NY Times.

Though Bowden was unable to get a face-to-face interview with Sulzberger Jr. for reasons revealed in the first few paragraphs of the feature, Bowden captures the publisher's mannerisms with such command that they might at least have been close colleagues. Furthermore, Bowden seems au fait with both the strengths and weaknesses of Sulzberger Jr., arguing that the NY Times, in the current economic situation, needs not a "careful steward, ...[but] some wild-eyed genius of an entrepreneur."

So, if you care at all about the currently dismal situation of print journalism or feel a sense of nostalgia for those laid-off journalists (who provided some variety/diversity in news stories), then really, read the article. You might learn something.

QUOTE:: Jacek Utko

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