Sad News From The New York Times

We are deeply saddened by this announcement from The New York Times:

“As of August 29th, The Times will discontinue the regional editions of the Metropolitan section of The New York Times, which includes Connecticut, Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey. Those areas will receive the Metropolitan edition that currently circulates in the five boroughs.” This news hit arts organizations in the Tri-state region like a thunder bolt.

For many years, the metropolitan region has benefitted from The Times’ reviews of local theater productions, critics’ insights into art exhibitions and general coverage of arts and culture in our region. It is the major way that nearly 500,000 households get their information on what to do and where to go not only in Westchester but in the entire Tri-State region. While the print sections may be no longer economically viable, the coverage is vital. Arts and business leaders are urging The Times to consider maintaining or expanding its coverage of these activities in the digital arena.

There is an explosion of diverse, inclusive and compelling cultural events and venues in our county.  Reporting on them is important to families, youth and seniors because it builds participation in community life. It strengthens the American ideal that the arts are for everyone. Moreover, the arts and culture bring people together and encourage civic dialogue.

ArtsWestchester, along with business and cultural leaders from Westchester, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and New Jersey, has asked The Times to find a way, perhaps digitally, to continue to report on news from our region. If you believe as we do that The Times coverage is important, let us hear from you at jlangsam@artswestchester.org, or reach out to The Times: Public Editor Liz Spayd (public@nytimes.com) or (publiceditor.blog.nytimes.com) or Metro Editor Wendell Jamieson (metro@nytimes.com).

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Responses to “Sad News From The New York Times”

  1. August 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    This is one of the first sections I read in the weekend newspaper. It’s sad that the NYTimes plans to discontinue it.

  2. August 19, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

    Everyone I know looks to the Times to learn about the arts and cultural events in the region. There are no comparable sources for
    notices, reviews, and information. This is a stunning blow to art, and artists, and the public that follows them. I hope the Times will reconsider and find another way to cut operating costs.

  3. August 19, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

    First of all, we are certainly aware of the issues faced by the Times and other print media these days. But, it is important for us to have immediate access to local restaurant reviews, events taking place in Westchester.
    We were quite disappointed when you decided to drop the Movie Calendar from the Friday Arts section.
    As readers/subscribers for 80 years and 70 years respectively and certainly the are thousands of Westchester readers who feel as we do.
    Change is hard and sometimes , it’s not necessary.
    Sincerely, Caryl and Gilbert Weinstein

  4. August 19, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    Please consider keeping the regional metropolitan section available on line if not in print.

  5. August 20, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    As an ARTS AND EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR the lose of this venue grieve me intrinsically. This venue has been my way of getting my students to experience that people are more alike than unalike.

  6. August 20, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

    Dear Times
    Please reconsider. Arts organizations can’t afford to advertise in order to compensate for the loss of NYT exposure in the county. This coverage is critical to the survival of the multi-faceted, newsorthy arts and culture scene in Westchester.
    Laura deBuys
    President
    The Pucture House Regional Film Center

Leave a Reply