Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New York Times throws in the towel on it's printed Automobiles section... too much competition from me and other websites that cover everything automotive, online, anytime, without buying a paper

Dear Colleagues,

As I said in a previous note, we are reviewing sections of The Times as part of our effort to cut costs in the newsroom. So I regret to announce that as of the first of the year we will no longer publish a stand-alone autos section.

We will continue covering the automobile industry, of course, and we will run consumer stories in the Business section, including regular coverage on Fridays. The Driven videos will continue online.

But despite sensational work over the years by Jim Cobb and his crew, the masthead concluded there is no longer an economic reason for a separate section.

New York Times publisher and chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. told an audience at New York University's journalism school Thursday (Oct 16th) evening that while the buyouts and layoffs taking place now at his newspaper are “painful,” they also are necessary to refocus the Times.

Roughly two-dozen business-side jobs were eliminated earlier this month with a limited number of buyouts also on the table. The newsroom is seeking to eliminate 100 positions, ideally through voluntary buyouts, marking the paper's fourth editorial culling since the first such downsizing in its history took place six years ago.

But Sulzberger pointed out that the Times, which is adapting journalistically and economically to changes in consumer and advertiser platforms, has been reinvesting in new digital talent across the organization.

"We have more journalists today"—1,330, according to the latest Times tally—"than we've ever had in our history," he said. "The skills necessary to succeed in this world are truly changing, and that's not necessarily age-related.

The transformation of the newspaper industry from a print-centric proposition to one where readers are increasingly interested in desktops and mobile devices, and all of the attendant financial vagaries associated with that shift are just some of the challenges facing the Times.

Found on

But if you look at the only people getting fired from upper management are women... Digital Chief Denise Warren, Social Media Editor Jennifer Preston, Exec Editor Jill Abramson,

They have already killed off the website that once was among the top 15 auto enthusiast sites  which now makes 5 from that list that are dead
 2 seats or less,
CarDomain Blog,
Automotive traveler
and now:

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