New York Times 2021 Q2 Earnings: 8 Million Subscribers

The company expects to end the year with about 8.5 million. In its quarterly results, it reported holding nearly $1 billion in cash. The New York Times Company said in a statement on Wednesday announcing its quarterly earnings results that it had eight million subscriptions and expects to add as many this year as it […]

The Internet Demands Uplifting Videos. Dhar Mann Stages Them.

Dhar Mann and other “wholesome” channels combine the high-definition slickness of today’s YouTube content with the feel of a corporate-training video. Few online genres are as fascinating as the realm of “wholesome” content, an ever-widening pool of tender, morally uplifting stories about moments of kindness, human beings caring for one another and people leaving big […]

Chris Cuomo of CNN Appears in Report on Gov. Cuomo’s Behavior

New details emerged on Tuesday about the involvement of the star CNN anchor Chris Cuomo had in shaping the strategic response to allegations against his brother, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, of workplace sexual harassment. Chris Cuomo was identified in a report by the New York State attorney general, Letitia James, as an […]

Reese Witherspoon to Sell Hello Sunshine to Wall Street-Backed Venture

Reese Witherspoon, the Oscar-winning actor who became a force in Hollywood as a producer and an entrepreneur, reached an agreement on Monday to sell her entertainment studio, Hello Sunshine, to a newly created company backed by the investment firm Blackstone Group. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Three people with knowledge of the agreement, […]

The A.P. Names Daisy Veerasingham Its New Chief

The Associated Press said on Tuesday that Daisy Veerasingham would become its new president and chief executive, the first woman and the first person of color to lead the 175-year-old news agency. She will succeed Gary Pruitt, who is retiring at the end of the year after almost 10 years in the role. Her start […]

The App With the Unprintable Name That Wants to Give Power to Creators

Fed up with the imbalance between online influencers and brands, Lindsey Lee Lugrin and Isha Mehra created a platform to change that. LOS ANGELES — Six years ago, Lindsey Lee Lugrin, a budding social media creator and model, was given the chance to be featured in a Marc by Marc Jacobs ad campaign. She was […]

How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics

Facebook and other social media have been under scrutiny for vaccine misinformation, but local outlets have also sometimes been active. The Freedom’s Phoenix, a local news site in Phoenix, and The Atlanta Business Journal, a news site in Atlanta, both published the same article about coronavirus vaccines in March. The author was Joseph Mercola, who […]

To Fight Vaccine Lies, Authorities Recruit an ‘Influencer Army’

LOS ANGELES — Ellie Zeiler, 17, a TikTok creator with over 10 million followers, received an email in June from Village Marketing, an influencer marketing agency. It said it was reaching out on behalf of another party: the White House. Would Ms. Zeiler, a high school senior who usually posts short fashion and lifestyle videos, […]

Reynold Ruffins, Push Pin Studios Graphic Artist, Dies at 90

With Milton Glaser, Ed Sorel and Seymour Chwast, he was part of a movement that upended the ’50s era advertising style with witty, faux-nostalgic imagery. Reynold Ruffins, an illustrator, graphic designer and artist who was an early member of Push Pin Studios, the impish and buzzy design firm founded by his Cooper Union classmates Milton […]

Can Paramount+ Succeed? One Producer Hopes to Make It So.

Like so many other writer-directors, Alex Kurtzman grew up worshiping film. But he is adaptable — and in the streaming era, that is a very lucrative trait. Mr. Kurtzman, the onetime writer of the “Transformers” movies and the director of the 2017 film “The Mummy,” recently renegotiated his deal at CBS Studios into one of […]

Rupert Murdoch Wishes Keith Kelly 'The Best' In Retirement

For 23 years, his Media Ink column for The New York Post was a must-read for magazine machers. What’s next? The happiest man in Midtown Manhattan last Monday morning might have been Keith J. Kelly, the longtime media columnist for The New York Post. It was the first day of his retirement and he was […]

From ‘Call My Agent!’ to Hollywood Career

The French series was a pandemic hit in the United States. And now its star, Camille Cottin, is emerging to find herself in demand. At some point during the pandemic, perhaps between the debut of “Ted Lasso” last August and “Bridgerton” in December, you may have happened upon Netflix’s French import “Call My Agent!” (“Dix […]

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Release

The star said making the film available on Disney+ at the same time it opened in theaters “dramatically” lowered box office revenue, which could cost her tens of millions of dollars. Never cross a superassassin: Scarlett Johansson, who has played the Marvel character Black Widow in eight blockbuster films, sued the Walt Disney Company on […]

Activision, Facing Internal Turmoil, Grapples With #MeToo Reckoning

More than 1,500 employees for the video game giant, which is facing an explosive state lawsuit, have called for executives to take sexual harassment seriously. More than 1,500 workers for the video game maker Activision Blizzard walked out from their jobs this week. Thousands signed a letter rebuking their employer. And even as the chief […]

Alden Closes Bowie Blade-News After Buying Tribune Publishing, Its Owner

Since Alden Global Capital bought the Tribune Publishing newspaper chain, newsrooms have shrunk and a Maryland weekly has shut down. The Bowie Blade-News, a 41-year-old weekly newspaper in Bowie, Md., published its final print edition on Thursday, two months after its parent company, Tribune Publishing, was sold to the New York hedge fund Alden Global […]

Erik Larson Has a Scary Story He’d Like You to Hear

After years writing nonfiction, he is now the author of a made-up tale about ghost-hunting that will only be sold as an audiobook. Over the last three decades, Erik Larson has written books about a serial killer, a killer storm, a murderous homeopathic doctor, a teenage gunman and one of the most deadly maritime disasters […]

Gawker: The Return

After a failed reboot attempt two years ago, the site that helped set the tone for digital journalism is back. Gawker is back. Again. The website known for blunt, gossipy coverage of celebrities, tech entrepreneurs, media figures and anyone else with an inflated ego went live on Wednesday, two years after a failed reboot attempt. […]

Trump Is Gone, but the Media’s Misinformation Challenge Is Still Here

Should news outlets contextualize false claims made by powerful people? Or ignore them completely? There is no consensus in the industry, but its thinking continues to evolve. Inside a room at the Cannon House Office Building on Tuesday, witnesses testified to their experience on Jan. 6, when an armed mob egged on by President Donald […]

Washington Post to Require Employees to Be Vaccinated

The Washington Post will require all employees to show that they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, the newspaper’s publisher said on Tuesday. The Post’s publisher, Frederick J. Ryan Jr., said in an email to staff that the company had decided to require proof of vaccination as a condition of employment, starting when workers return to […]

Instagram Introduces Changes to Protect Teenagers on Its Platform

Facebook on Tuesday unveiled changes to Instagram’s advertising and privacy policies that it said would protect teenagers, following years of criticism that the photo-sharing site has not done enough to prevent underage users from sexual predators and bullying. The social network, which owns Instagram, said it would change its advertising policy to reduce hyper-targeted ads […]

Louise Story Leaves The Wall Street Journal

Louise Story, who oversaw digital strategy and technology at The Wall Street Journal, has decided to leave the paper after less than three years. Her departure was announced on Tuesday by Matt Murray, the editor in chief, in an email to the staff that was obtained by The New York Times. “I’m personally grateful to […]

BuzzFeed Is Going Public. Now What for Vox Media, Group Nine and Vice?

Not so long ago, when newspapers and magazines were going out of business all across the country, BuzzFeed and a few other fast-growing web publications seemed like the future of the news business. Investors poured billions into Vox Media, Vice Media, Group Nine and other upstart companies that employed writers fully at ease with the […]

Britney Spears Files to Remove Father Jamie Spears From Conservatorship

More than 13 years after a strict legal arrangement gave James P. Spears control of the singer’s affairs, a new lawyer for Ms. Spears asked the court to remove him from the arrangement. More than 13 years after the life and finances of Britney Spears were put under the strict, court-approved control of her father, […]

Pop Smoke’s Second Posthumous Album, ‘Faith,’ Hits No. 1

The new release by the Brooklyn rapper, who was shot and killed last year, tops Billboard, but fell short of his studio debut. “Faith,” the second album by the Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke to be released since he was shot and killed in February 2020 at the age of 20, tops the Billboard chart this […]

How TV Went From David Brent to Ted Lasso

Two decades ago, TV’s most distinctive stories were defined by a tone of ironic detachment. Today, they’re more often sincere and direct. How did we get here? Could David Brent get hired today? Ricky Gervais, who awkwardly danced onto TV as Brent in the groundbreaking comedy “The Office” in 2001, was recently interviewed about his […]

QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.

Fueled by a desire for touchless transactions, QR codes popped up everywhere in the pandemic. Businesses don’t want to give them up. SAN FRANCISCO — When people enter Teeth, a bar in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, the bouncer gives them options. They can order food and drinks at the bar, he says, or they can […]

The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online

Researchers and regulators say Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician, creates and profits from misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines. SAN FRANCISCO — The article that appeared online on Feb. 9 began with a seemingly innocuous question about the legal definition of vaccines. Then over its next 3,400 words, it declared coronavirus vaccines were “a medical fraud” […]

Laura Foreman, Reporter Whose Romance Became a Scandal, Dies at 76

The disclosure of her relationship with a source while at The Philadelphia Inquirer ended her journalism career and prompted the paper to develop an ethics code. Laura Foreman, a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1970s, was surely not the first journalist to become romantically involved with a source. But she was among the […]

Felicia Sonmez Sues Washington Post and Martin Baron, Claiming Discrimination

Felicia Sonmez, a Washington Post reporter, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper and some of its top editors on Wednesday, claiming they had discriminated against her by barring her from covering stories related to sexual assault after she went public as a victim of assault. Ms. Sonmez, who has covered breaking political news at […]

HBO and HBO Max Subscribers Seen Reaching 73 Million in 2021

AT&T may not want HBO Max anymore, but the streaming platform is gaining traction with customers. HBO and HBO Max, home to genre-bending franchises such as “Game of Thrones” and “The Sopranos” and Hollywood blockbusters like “Wonder Woman 1984,” have added 10.7 million customers in a little over a year, with 2.8 million coming in […]

Harry Rosenfeld, Who Saw News in a ‘Third-Rate Burglary,’ Dies at 91

He assigned Woodward and Bernstein to follow the Watergate break-in for The Washington Post and fended off efforts to supplant them. Harry M. Rosenfeld, who injected his brash brand of journalism into The Washington Post, where he oversaw the two reporters who transformed a local crime story into the national Watergate corruption scandal that toppled […]

Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen's Podcast to Become a Book

Crown is publishing “Renegades: Born in the USA,” a book adaptation of the podcast conversations. In “Renegades,” a podcast collaboration between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen, the former president acknowledged that it was, at a glance, an odd partnership. “On the surface, Bruce and I don’t have a lot in common,” he said. “He’s a […]

Skipping the Olympics Is ‘Not an Option’ for Many Advertisers

Companies have spent more than $1 billion on ads timed to the Tokyo Games, which will take place in empty arenas as the pandemic lingers. The Olympics have long been an almost ideal forum for companies looking to promote themselves, with plenty of opportunities for brands to nestle ads among the pageantry and feel-good stories […]

How Disney is Chipping Away at Netflix's Dominance

The cracks are showing in Netflix’s worldwide dominance. Netflix is still king of streaming video, but audiences are slowly shifting toward new rivals, namely the Walt Disney Company’s Disney+, according to research from Parrot Analytics. Netflix’s share of worldwide demand interest — a measure, created by Parrot, of the popularity of shows and a key […]

On Fox News, Vaccination Pleas Intensify, but Skepticism Persists

Amid mixed messages on the channel, the hosts Sean Hannity and Steve Doocy encourage viewers to get Covid-19 shots as the Delta variant spreads. The morning anchor’s plea was urgent and framed in the starkest of terms: Get the Covid-19 vaccine, or you could die. “It will save your life,” he said on Tuesday, echoing […]

Twitter Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene for Posting Coronavirus Misinformation

The Republican lawmaker from Georgia cannot tweet for 12 hours, after the White House criticized social media sites for amplifying vaccine lies. SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter said on Monday that it was suspending Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from its service for 12 hours after she posted messages that violated its policy against sharing misleading information […]

White House Dispute Exposes Facebook Blind Spot on Misinformation

The company doesn’t know some specifics about how falsehoods about Covid-19 and vaccines for the virus spread on its social network. SAN FRANCISCO — At the start of the pandemic, a group of data scientists at Facebook held a meeting with executives to ask for resources to help measure the prevalence of misinformation about Covid-19 […]

Kurt Westergaard, 86, Dies; His Muhammad Cartoon Sparked Outrage

A caricature that many Muslims considered blasphemous prompted a debate over free speech and a massacre at the offices of a Paris magazine. Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist whose 2005 caricature of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban touched off violent protests by Muslims, prompted a massacre that left 12 people dead at the […]

Garland Tells Prosecutors Not to Seize Reporters' Records

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued a broad ban on Monday on using subpoenas, warrants or court orders to seize reporters’ records from their employers or from communications firms in an effort to uncover their confidential sources in leak investigations, outlining sharp new limits on the practice. “The Department of Justice will no […]

Prince Harry to Write a Memoir

Penguin Random House said the book, tentatively coming in 2022, would be “an intimate and heartfelt memoir from one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time.” Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced via Instagram that they were leaving the royal family and seeking […]

John P. McMeel, Newspaper Syndicator With a Difference, Dies at 85

He and his business partner started in a basement, recruited a Yale student cartoonist named Garry Trudeau, and built the largest company of its kind. John McMeel, a founder of what began as a basement operation in a rented ranch house in Kansas — with a mail drop on Fifth Avenue — and grew into […]

Nicholas Kristof, Times Columnist, Weighs Bid for Oregon Governor

Nicholas Kristof, the award-winning columnist for The New York Times, is considering running in the Democratic primary race for governor of Oregon. Mr. Kristof, who grew up on a farm in Yamhill, about 25 miles west of Portland, said in a statement that friends were trying to recruit him into the race to replace Gov. […]

Facebook To Biden: 'We Aren't The Reason Vaccination Goal Was Missed'

The social network and the Biden administration have engaged in an increasingly rancorous war of words over the issue of vaccine misinformation. WASHINGTON — Facebook and the Biden administration engaged in an increasingly rancorous back and forth over the weekend after the administration denounced the social media giant for spreading misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines. […]

Facebook Tells Biden: ‘Facebook Is Not the Reason’ Vaccination Goal Was Missed

The social network hit back at the president’s criticism of social media for spreading vaccine misinformation. WASHINGTON — Facebook pushed back on Saturday against the Biden administration’s denouncing of the social media giant for spreading misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines, escalating tensions between the Silicon Valley company and the White House. In a blog post, […]

John Veronis, Who Brokered Major Media Transactions, Dies at 93

After working as a magazine executive, he helped launch Psychology Today and played a role in Rupert Murdoch’s $3 billion purchase of the company that owned TV Guide. John Veronis, an ebullient investment banker whose boutique firm specialized in major media deals, including Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of the company that owned TV Guide, and who […]

“Too Quiet”: A Times Editor on Working in a Dormant Newsroom

My colleagues are returning. Slowly. In the meantime, our office remains a ghostly work space. Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. It’s quiet. Too quiet. I’m in a gigantic newsroom in a 52-story tower in the busiest neighborhood of one of […]

Raffaella Carrà, Saucy Superstar of Italian TV, Dies at 78

Known for her energetic dancing and singing as well as for conducting serious interviews, she was beloved by Italians of all generations. Raffaella Carrà, one of Italy’s best-known television personalities, who shimmied, danced and sang across prime time as a racy presence during a staid era but also hosted a serious talk show, died on […]

England’s Bukayo Saka Urges Facebook and Twitter to Crack Down on Abuse

After facing a torrent of racist abuse online, Bukayo Saka said he didn’t want anyone to deal with such “hateful and hurtful messages.” After Bukayo Saka missed a penalty kick for England’s national team on Sunday in the final of the European soccer championship, he and several teammates were overwhelmed by a wave of racist […]

The Movies Are Back. But What Are Movies Now?

Cinephiles and streaming fans can both claim victory. But as we better understand the new screen culture taking shape, it looks like we may all lose in the long run. Have you seen “F9”? How about “A Quiet Place Part II”? “Black Widow”? “Zola”? What I’m asking is whether you’ve gone back to a movie […]