Doesn't Anybody Care About 'NY Times' Buyouts?
In the wake of last week's New York Times staff buyouts, why hasn't there been any "real glimpse inside the newsroom, no sense of what the rank and file are feeling, no temperature-taking"? asks media reporter Doree Shafir. "Until very recently, the Times was the towering institution in American media, the object of endless fascination and obsession," but now "the intrigue behind the walls of the old-school media giants that I was obsessed with back in 2006 and 2007 — the Times, the Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast — seems much less, well, intriguing when the narrative hinges on layoffs, not innovation. So maybe that's why no one reported on last Friday's wake; it was just another depressing sign of an industry in the throes of wrenching contraction."