Public Service Announcement #37: New York Times Author Policy

March 22nd, 2006 · No Comments
by Booksquare

Though we sincerely hope that no New York Times reporters are turning to us for clarification of policy, we cannot be sure. Times reporters are sneaky that way. Thus we offer yet another in our continuing series of public service posts.

If you are a reporter for the New York Times, you are also (apparently) allowed to write books. In some cases, you will have to tell everyone in the food chain prior to committing so much as a paragraph to Word. In others, your star power (real or perceived) will allow you to bend the rules. Whether or not you’ll be allowed to take a sabbatical for writing is also subject to interpretation. If you do not appear regularly on at least one talk show, assume you won’t get the leave. It’s easier that way.

Remember: absent reporters leave gaps in news coverage. You don’t want to be the one to create that big white hole in the middle of the front page, do you?

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