N.Y. Times Co. joins online consortium p. 20

By: Editorial Staff TWO WEEKS BEHIND the pack, the New York Times Co. has joined New Century Network (NCN), a consortium designed to create a network of online newspapers on the Internet.
As announced April 19 (E&P, March 4, pp. 16, 44; April 29, pp. 9-10), NCN included eight major newspaper companies but excluded the corporate parent of the New York Times. The Times' story on NCN quoted Times Co. spokeswoman Nancy Nielsen as saying her employer preferred to develop its own Internet opportunities.
The next week, at the Newspaper Association of America convention in New Orleans, NCN officials said the Times had gotten the story wrong.
Reporting May 8 on the Times Co.'s joining NCN, the Times quoted Nielsen as saying, "The original announcement was made before we had a chance to thoroughly review the proposal. Once we did, we thought it was a good fit for the company."
NCN hopes to be up and running this year and to get at least 75 papers on the Internet using its standards within two years. The Times expects to be one of the first papers online.


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