By: Jay DeFoore
Veteran New York Times staffer Rich Meislin was named the company’s associate managing editor for Internet publishing Thursday.
In a note to Times staffers, newly appointed deputy managing editor Jonathan Landman, who heads the paper’s digital journalism efforts, praised Meislin as an innovator and early adopter of Web technology.
“Rich will be intimately involved in inventing and cultivating new journalistic forms while at the same time guiding our web presence according to journalistic values that are not new at all,” Landman wrote. Landman added that he, Meislin and NYTimes.com editor-in-chief Len Apcar will constitute “the heart of the newsroom integration experiment” announced in detail earlier this week.
Although the integration became widespread news only this week, the paper has been moving towards a fully integrated print and online operation for several months. In the paper’s Q4 earnings release sent out in January, the reporting segments formerly known as the Newspaper Group and New York Times Digital were combined under the division now known as the News Media Group.
“The aggregation of the Company’s print and digital businesses in this manner reflects the Company’s organizational structure and its business strategy, which emphasizes a multiple-media platform approach pursuing both audiences and advertisers within the markets in which the Company competes,” the 2004 Q4 release stated.
Meislin first came to the Times as a copy boy after graduating from Harvard in 1975. Through the years he has held various positions, including bureau chief in Albany, correspondent in Central America and the Caribbean, and bureau chief in Mexico City.
After leaving Mexico City, Meislin headed the paper’s first independent graphics desk before serving as senior editor for technology, where he introduced universal Internet access for reporters and editors and led the newsroom into the era of color and pagination. He has also served as editor-in-chief of NYTimes.com and most recently, technology news editor for the business section and head of the paper’s news surveys operation.