The New York Times has a new publisher, and he’s devoted his introductory message to readers to reaffirming the Times’ historic mission will endure.
When citizens are overwhelmed by information that reaches them from a wide variety of sources, a mission ‘to give the news impartially, without fear or favour, regardless of party, sect, or interests involved” should not be taken for granted.
The new publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, is basically confirming that the old-time mission of the Times will endure in the digital age. News media today are defined more by their mission than their platform.
While Sulzberger’s commitment to this mission is welcome, it’s not the only reason the Times’ provides an important benchmark for news media, no matter where they’re based. Its role is even acknowledged by the competition: “What the Times does really matters, affecting the whole media and political ecosystem,” says Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post.
In addition to Sullivan’s column, the Times’ continuing transformation from paper to digital is also worthy of attention. Though the mission remains, the “paper” has changed in many other ways. It recently shared with readers how its journalists use technology in their daily lives. And its deep dive into digital innovation, led by the new publisher, is also worth a read