As ‘Times’ reaches buyout deadline, another beloved editor takes his leave
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This afternoon is the deadline at The New York Times for employees to volunteer for a buyout, as the company attempts to clamp down on spending. Next up are layoffs, if there are too few takers in the buyout program.
And so there is extra energy both inside and outside the paper being expended on finding out who's taking one.
The latest to announce his exit, as first reported by The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone, is sports editor Joe Sexton, a fixture at the paper who also edited the Metropolitan section, guiding the Times to a Pulitzer in 2003.
"I’ve received a great offer; I leave you and the nyt burdened only by a great debt — of thanks and wonder," Sexton wrote in a memo published by Jim Romenesko.
That offer is with ProPublica, where Sexton has taken a job as a senior editor. (Scroll down for the full announcement.)
Abramson informed Times staff via email yesterday that she'd know in another few days whether or not layoffs would be necessary depending on how many buyout packages are accepted.
We're keeping tabs on the Times buyouts here. Let us know if you hear of any others.
In other news...
The Times may be increasing the price of its digital subscriptions. [Salon]
Rolling Stone has laid off two prominent staffers. [NYT/Media Decoder]
Robin Roberts returned to the "Good Morning America" set for the first time today. [The Huffington Post]
ABC News has a new managing editor. [TV Newser]
BuzzFeed is looking for a business editor. [Talking Biz News]
DuPont Awards party report. [The New York Observer]
John Carr, Sr., father of Times reporter David Carr and a character in his memoir Night of the Gun, remembered. [Star Tribune]
NYTimes Buyouts: Sports ed Joe Sexton (heading to ProPublica) and Classic music ed Jim Ostreich. But short of 30person target, layoffs soon— Keith J. Kelly (@media_ink) January 24, 2013
Pouring one out for @aarongell, a crazy-talented editor who managed to make me and my work better even as I actively tortured him. Godspeed.— Foster Kamer (@weareyourfek) January 24, 2013
Goal! We won the rights in the UK to show clips of all380 Premier league matches on the Sun, Times & Sunday Times digital/mobile apps!— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) January 23, 2013
Never mind that snotty Morrissey, Jay Farrar has written a memoir.amzn.to/10L2p3X— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) January 24, 2013
From our inbox...
Conde Nast is touting is "strongest first-quarter ad sales in five years":
Condé Nast expects to end their first quarter (January- March) in 2013 with a 5% increase in ad pages, surpassing results for the same period last year, announced Lou Cona, chief marketing officer, Condé Nast. The company's sales success is due, in part, to the continued strength of its core brands, including Vogue and Vanity Fair, in addition to key performances of several other titles and in its men's category.
Highlights of the first quarter include:
• Bon Appétit: up 40% in Q1; 40 pages of new business; best performing March in five years; up 65% in food category and non-endemic successes include growth in the automotive, business and technology, home and health categories.
• Details: up 33% in Q1; up 43% in February alone; 75 pages of new business; up 18% in fashion category and non-endemic successes include growth in the automotive and spirits categories.
• GQ: up 18% in Q1; 34 pages of new business; up 11% in fashion and retail and non-endemic successes include the automotive, tech and entertainment categories.
• Teen Vogue: up 10% in Q1 (31% in March); 29 pages of increased business due to gains in fashion (20%), beauty (52%) and retail (70%).
Other titles with increases in ad pages are Golf Digest (16%) and Allure (8%) among others.*
"We are excited to be starting 2013 with such a strong showing in ad sales," said Mr. Cona. "Many of our brands are beating their own records in print, in addition to double-digit gains in digital sales, portending a very healthy year in overall brand performance.”
Here's ProPublica's full announcement about Sexton:
ProPublica editor-in-chief Stephen Engelberg announced today the appointment of Joe Sexton, a distinguished editor and reporter at The New York Times for more than two decades, as one of ProPublica's senior editors. Sexton will manage a stable of staff reporters and oversee some of the organization's major investigations. He will begin work at ProPublica in February.
Sexton, 53, joins ProPublica after having had a hand in three recent Pulitzer Prizes - for breaking news, feature writing and investigative reporting. Sexton, who most recently served The Times as its sports editor, ran the paper's Metropolitan desk for five years. And once upon a time he was a pretty fair reporter and writer, his work as a sportswriter included in The Best American Sports Writing, 1992.
"Joe Sexton is one of the finest editors in the business,'' said Engelberg. "His steady hand and inspirational leadership have been behind some of the biggest stories in New York and the world of sports in the past decade. His Metro staff's reporting led to the resignation of then New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, and their subsequent work forced Spitzer's successor, David Paterson, to abandon his bid for election. Sexton's tenure as sport editor was marked by enterprise and innovation. John Branch's devastating series on a hockey enforcer, "Punched Out," was a Pulitzer finalist last year. And the sports department's work with the paper's graphics and multi media teams last month produced "Snow Fall", a project that set a new standard for online storytelling.
"We are delighted to add a journalist with Joe's track record and passion for accountability journalism to our editorial team.''
"Steve Engelberg is an editor of courage and creativity," Sexton said. "The team he has helped put together at ProPublica has been engaged in some of the country's most distinctive work of ambition and impact. It's an honor and opportunity to join their pioneering efforts."