Reality TV at the Times

April 12, 2010 • Digital News, Newsroom Management • by

TimesCast captures newsroom missteps.

Last month the New York Times launched TimesCast, a daily video produced during morning meetings in the newsroom. The mini program summarizes major stories and includes interviews with the staff, offering readers a peek at the paper’s inner workings. The idea was to jump on the technology train in order to showcase the Times‘ journalism, taking a unique stab at transparency.  As anyone could guess, “uncut” newsroom footage is a stretch from the cool, polished reporting the Times is known best for.  Several recent incidents – heated Tweets, sensitive discourse, fumbled facts – highlight the difficulties in introducing less-forgiving, real-time platforms for newsgathering.

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