Our reporter who broke a major story about abandoned chemical weapons in Iraq was a former captain in the Marines. The team that covered the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris included eight French-speaking correspondents. A Times journalist who analyzed a definitive study on income inequality once worked at the Federal Reserve”.
De esta forma tan contundente el director de The New York Times, Dean Baquet, empieza un texto tremendo hoy lunes. Lean, lean: “The New York Times Reaches a Milestone, Thanks to Our Readers“.
El motivo es importante: han logrado un millón de suscriptores digital-only. No un millón en total, no. Un millón sólo para la web o las apps. “We have another 1.1 million print-and-digital subscribers, so that in total, we have more subscribers than at any time in our 164-year history.”
El texto, corto, está lleno de frases que explican por qué son el primer periódico del mundo:
- We still employ as many reporters as we did 15 years ago — and our ranks now include graphics editors, developers, videographers and other digital innovators who are making our digital offerings ever richer.
These journalists are not deskbound aggregators, either. Their job is to find new information that they are using to help our readers make sense of the world.
To do this kind of journalism requires expertise.That’s why The Times employs doctors to cover medicine and health, economists to write about the economy and trained cartographers to make maps. Many of our reporters have spent years on their beats, honing their expertise and judgment.
When newsprint was rationed during World War II, The Times cut ads, not news stories, and when the hard times of the 1970s caused some publications to retrench, The Times added feature sections.
No sé cómo será nuestro futuro, pero si hay que elegir una forma de morir, que sea peleando como hacen ellos.