THE NEW YORK TIMES “ZOO NEWSROOM”

Files under General | Apr 10th

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These are real pictures taken by Jacob Harris (I like his hat) one week ago at the new building of The New York Times.

They are scary.

Welcome to the new cubicle world!

All this furniture will make any newsroom like a big zoo.

Imagine how crowded it will become when the animals come…

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When, as INNOVATION, has said many times: we need to kill the zoo and start the one ring multimedia circus.

As you can see, this is not the way to promote integration.

Team work.

Multimedia.

Crossmedia.

Multiplatform journalism.

Look at the lighting.

Wrong.

They are not zenital.

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Look at the blinds.

Wrong.

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Look at the desks.

Wrong.

Look at the window boxes for the bosses.

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Wrong.

Wrong.

Wrong.

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The architect must be a genius, but the interior designers must be fired.

These are just amateurs.

The last thing that we need is The New York Times setting the wrong standards for the wrong design of “zoo newsrooms.”

UPDATE: Jeff Jarvis said a few weeks ago that the newsrooms of the future must be small, virtual and networked with as many reporters in the street as possible…

Well, this newsroom of The New York Times goes in the opposite direction.

More than one thousand reporters and editors confined in this claustrophobic state of the art newsroom.

It seems like a joke, but it is real.

Good luck my friends!

NEW UPDATE: See here the same problems in California.



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  5. jacob_harris says:

    Hello, it’s your intrepid and unaware photographer, Jacob Harris, with a bit of context. While those are indeed pictures from the interior of the New York Times Building, that is NOT the newsroom. I work for the website as a software developer, not a journalist. The ACTUAL future newsroom for the building is a long continuous space in the back (not the narrow tower) that spans half a block and is 3 stories tall. That was still under construction during our tour (the newsroom is moving in the summer), so there were no cubicles arranged, but I think the plan is to be more open and collaborative than the existing maze-like conditions at the paper. Perhaps you can find pictures in other Flickr accounts later this summer. In the meantime, there are some floorplans on http://www.newyorktimesbuilding.com/ (the stacking diagram illustrates the relationship between the tower and the newsroom parts), although this site is admittedly targeted towards potential renters in the tower.

  6. Thank you, Jacob!

    Good news if these pictures are not from the future newsroom.

    And I am still sorry for the people that they will have to work in this zoo.

    I don´t find your pictures anymore on Flickr, so I couldn´t double check if there was any caption explaining what you say now.

    Sorry for any unwanted trouble that this can cause to you.

    Unfortunately, this kind of furniture is everywhere.

  7. jacob_harris says:

    Juan,

    It’s actually much nicer in person and the cubicles have some good features like integrated shelves, personal ventilation and the like to make them humane and livable. I also get to sit right by a floor to ceiling window which is nice. You can see mine and all other pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/nytimesbuilding/ I think. Enjoy!

    Jake

    PS I’m moving into the new building in 2 weeks. I guess you’ll see more photos of the place occupied then.

  8. Thank you Jacob, again.

    And I am sorry but your first comment went away.

    All our readers must know that according to Jacob, these pictures are from the building but NOT from the newsroom.

    As you can see in the Flickr file there were no captions telling that.

    I hope that this confusion helps to build a better newsroom.

    Thousand of visitors have been reading this post in the last few hours (my record ever), and perhaps the lesson will be learned also by other newspapers designing newsrooms.

  9. I found your first comment and here it is again just for the record:

    Hello, it’s your intrepid and unaware photographer, Jacob Harris, with a bit of context. While those are indeed pictures from the interior of the New York Times Building, that is NOT the newsroom. I work for the website as a software developer, not a journalist. The ACTUAL future newsroom for the building is a long continuous space in the back (not the narrow tower) that spans half a block and is 3 stories tall. That was still under construction during our tour (the newsroom is moving in the summer), so there were no cubicles arranged, but I think the plan is to be more open and collaborative than the existing maze-like conditions at the paper. Perhaps you can find pictures in other Flickr accounts later this summer. In the meantime, there are some floorplans on http://www.newyorktimesbuilding.com/ (the stacking diagram illustrates the relationship between the tower and the newsroom parts), although this site is admittedly targeted towards potential renters in the tower.

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