Which blogs stay and which go at ‘The New York Times’?
As we reported several months ago, The New York Times is in the midst of reviewing all of its blogs to determine which will stay and which will go as it prepares for a major web overhaul.
The blogs have been a significant part of the Times' online news and opinion reports in the years since the newspaper of record began expanding on the web; accordingly, there's been significant interest in the fact that some of them are being shut down.
So we thought it would be worth keeping tabs on the culling.
Over the past four months, the Times has announced the shuttering of its Green blog, Media Decoder and The Choice, which covered college admissions and financial aid. Additionally, Capital has learned that a decision has been made to pull the plug on most, if not all of the Times' sports blogs, which include Bats (baseball), Straight Sets (tennis), Slap Shot (hockey), The Rail (horse-racing) and Off the Dribble (basketball), although each of those appeared to still be publishing content at this writing.
By our count, that leaves about four-dozen blogs that may or may not continue to exist in the coming weeks and months, covering everything from cars to crosswords to the musings of columnists like Bill Keller and Paul Krugman. (Some of the Times' pundits are less up to date with their postings than others.)
A Times spokeswoman, Eileen Murphy, declined to confirm the status of the remaining blogs one by one. But she did shed some light on the strategy for pruning them.
"The general answer is that in most cases, we’re eliminating blogs that essentially duplicate section fronts," said Murphy in an email. "Each sport had its own blog and also has its own subsection front on the website; same for Media Decoder. There are other instances like this and those blogs will also be eliminated at some point. We hope to decrease confusion for readers about where to find information on various subjects by eliminating the duplication of publishing platforms."
In other instances, however, it's a matter of redirecting resources, as was the case with the Green blog and The Choice, about which Murphy said: "The content of that blog was evergreen and will remain available on the site and we’ll continue to cover college admissions in a variety of ways. But the decision to eliminate the blog was made in order to focus some of its resources elsewhere."
Murphy also stressed that the Times is "not reducing our reporting or editing staffs devoted to coverage of any of these subjects."
Which blog will be the next to get the ax? We'll be keeping track in the space below.
If you notice any farewell announcements or hear of any blogs that are slated for termination, drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: A reader pointed us to a handful of other Times blogs that have been killed recently. These include four sports blogs (Goal, On Par, The Quad, and The Fifth Down); Scientist at Work; and Consults. As we previously reported, the Times last year ended its partnerships with N.Y.U. and CUNY on two hyperlocal community news blogs; both sites stopped publishing on the Times' platform last month but have migrated to new URLs with news names via CUNY and New York magazine.