Aug 9, 2017

What on earth is The New York Times doing in Australia?

Is The New York Times fulfilling its mission in Australia, or is it ruffling too many local feathers?

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

The New York Times excitedly announced its new Australian bureau in January and launched to great fanfare in May. But although subscriber numbers are up, the past few months haven't been smooth sailing for the experiment in global expansion.

There have been copy mistakes and missteps attracting Twitter pile-ons of a sort we didn't really see when other international outlets like The Guardian and BuzzFeed moved into Australia in the past few years. Why are some people getting so upset over the tone and mistakes made by an international news website that hasn't broken into Australia's 10 most visited news websites?

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9 thoughts on “What on earth is The New York Times doing in Australia?

  1. Andrea

    Talking of copy editing, this article in the newsletter starts the third paragraph with “Cave doesn’t really know…”, and nowhere in the article is it explained who Cave is. But in the browser the same paragraph starts “Australian Bureau chied [sic] Damien Cave..”.

    1. Kelly

      I would exchange all the Razer, Hinch and most of the Mayne articles for Crikey to just employ a sub. There are tiny, but annoying copy errors, in EVERY single article these days.

      1. AR

        Agree that not a day goes by without typos, sub editing howlers and WP glitches.
        So common now that, like the grauniad, our beloved, subscribed to, organ is in danger of being known as cRykie.
        I’d pay extra to be rid of the Human Headline’s self advertisements but love MzRaz, even when in disagreement with what she writes and Mayne, though he can be obsessive, at least shows an original mind and a terrier like attitude.

      2. Srs21

        That’s right,…all copy no check. My Dad would be turning over in his grave knowing his craft has become slap happy.

    2. John McNamara

      Yes thanks for fixing this online – if only a keener eye was cast over the daily email …

  2. Hugo Armstrong

    Who on earth is “Cave”? – a man, presumably, but does he have a job?

  3. Rais

    I subscribed to the New York Times daily newsletter, didn’t like it much and unsubscribed. I got the automatic “unsubscribed” message and the next day the newsletter arrived as usual. Unsubscribed again, same thing. I’ve redirected it to my junk mail box now but the NYT probably still counts me as a subscriber.

    1. michael l

      Are you paying for it? If not, then no.

  4. Charlie Chaplin

    ” In a marketing email in June, the Times celebrated awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia and included a quite incredible claim: “As a result of the reporting in ‘Australia’s Offshore Cruelty’ by Roger Cohen, the Australian government agreed to pay more than $50 million to those it has abused.” Man! How exceptionally American is that?

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