Monday, February 21, 2011

Heads up, op-ed writers: NYT 'Week in Review' to get major overhaul, expand online opinions

Huffington Post reported late last week that the Sunday New York Times "Week in Review" section will be completely revamped, according to an internal memo. From the memo:
We think it is best described as a Sunday commentary section that will feature the rich menu of the best Op-Ed columnists around; our Editorials; some fine analysis and observation from our best writers in the newsroom; the best outside opinion writing (more like the classical Op-Ed pieces); a much expanded and enhanced readers' section (Letters to the Editor on steroids in the 21st century), as well as new kinds of features and new voices and ideas.

This section will physically live primarily in the editorial department, but since we want to preserve a way for reporters and correspondents to write rich analytical pieces on their beats or the stories they are covering, some portion of the staff will remain anchored in the newsroom.
Op-Ed editor Trish Hall will oversee the new section. The paper also plans to "expand its online opinion offerings," HuffPost reports. The memo describes it this way: "That will involve even more voices, video, graphics, art and illustration, more social interaction. More everything."

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