‘NY Times’ to Launch ‘City Room’ Site With Sewell Chan as Chief

By: E&P Staff

The New York Times Metro section is launching a new online portal this spring called “City Room,” with reporter Sewell Chan as the “bureau chief,” according to an internal Times memo first posted on New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer blog.

The memo from Metro desk chief Joe Sexton praised Chan, saying it had “become clear the physical paper could not contain” him, and that the new venture was devised as “a way that the readers of The New York Times can get as much Sewell Chan as he has to give.”

Sexton said the new site would combine “time-tested methods of good reporting, which Sewell employs with such formidable skill” with new tools that have developed to aid journalists online, along with participation from readers.

“As the site’s bureau chief, Sewell will work with the metro editors and reporters and Web producers to enhance and enrich our online coverage of the big daily stories that have everyone talking,” said the memo. “Sewell will also be encouraged to take his boundless curiosity ? and his laptop ? to all corners of the five boroughs to seek out stories particularly well-suited to the Web. There will be breaking news and human interest, updates and follow-ups, local history and color, Q&A’s with newsmakers and our reporters, photos, audio and Web links to other New York sites.”

Sexton said the paper’s editors thought Sexton was “going to be a new kind of star.”

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