It is still referred to as the New York Times, but decent luck finding any part of the print edition that is dedicated solely to information in New York.
The newspaper’s March 23 variant conducted a”Note to Our Readers,” where it stated the New York department wouldn’t be emerging that day. It has not returned since.
“There is not any different New York segment,” that the March 23 note mentioned as the coronavirus had started ravaging town and was apparently the only real story in the city. “New York policy is included as part of the Tracking an Outbreak part on webpages A4-A13.”
This was the last time that the New York section has been cited, and there’s been no note to explain where it went.
The Metro desk, governed by Associate Managing Editor Cliff Levy, has been regarded as a stepchild into a paper which always appeared more interested in domestic and global news.
Publisher A.G. Sulzberger is reported to be no fan of Metro or even New York as another section, because local stories have a tendency to pull less visitors on the internet.
In 2008, the Metro segment lost its stand-alone standing, but nevertheless had its own heading on many pages of information in the section which fronts the newspaper. There are estimated to be more than 50 editorial staffers on the desk, after voluntary buyouts two decades back into the division’s editorial staffers.
In Tuesday’s paper, 1 page of those five pages dedicated to coronavirus completed a”New York area” tag. However, most times that suggestion does not seem.
“At the beginning, it created a great deal of sense, it was clearly all COVID, all of the time,” said one source. “However, New York isn’t ground zero for coronavirus policy . And they still haven’t brought back the pages.”
“It seems tactical,” the source added. “Perhaps they do not mean to bring it backagain. Perhaps they believe it’s going to be better to have stories sprinkled throughout the newspaper.
A Times spokeswoman didn’t return a call seeking comment.