The New York Times
yesterday announced the appointment of Michael Rogers, a former Washington Post Co. executive and Newsweek.com general manager, to the newly created position of
futurist-in-residence. The paper described the new position as a one-year consultant appointment to work with The New York Times Company's research and development unit. Spokeswoman Stacy Green
compared the appointment to that of the paper's public editor, saying that it would be a rotating position that changes each year. Rogers has most recently overseen Practical Futurist, a consulting
firm he founded in 2004, where he works with startups and major media companies. He also writes the "Practical Futurist" column for MSNBC.