The NYTimes eXaminer (NYTX) was launched October 2011. The project idea was proposed to a number of leading media critics, intellectuals, and alternative media activists, organizers and producers earlier that year. Many of these people expressed their support for the project and have since joined NYTX’s Advisory Council. The project’s mission statement and list of Advisory Council members can be found below. NYTX staff information can be found at the bottom of the page.
The ideas behind the project and those that NYTX aspire to realize are:
- Applying standards that are often missing from mainstream media broadly and the New York Times (NYT) specifically. For example, these standards include checks-and-balances such as international law with regard to coverage on foreign policy issues or scientific consensus on climate change reporting. We advocate pursuing those standards that lead to social good and justice.
- Daily direct responses to NYT articles (that appear in both their on-line and print forms)
- Analysis and commentary on NYT coverage of topics and issues
- Critique of NYT editorial choices, standards, journalistic ethics and practices
- Provide Editorials and Op-Ed’s covering labor, the environment, human rights, foreign policy, and more, providing alternative analyses to what is offered in NYT editorials
- Provide hard news without corporate bias
- Highlight and analyze NYT content that is highly problematic but often found in its back pages or buried toward the bottom of articles
- Produce supplementary multi-media, i.e. audio and video content with our alternative standards
- Offer additional supplementary material ranging from culture, and reviews, to satire
- Generate analysis of NYT sources (particularly their reliance on and space given to certain sources over others), language used (which may imply a bias), and advertising
- Critique of NYT ownership and management positions and practices
- Reach out to former NYT journalists, staff, and editors to seek their feedback, tips and contributions
- Additionally, in New York City and on-line, hold public seminars, media education workshops, and debates about NYT content for the purpose of developing critical media literacy.
- NYTX would organize our own media structure collectively and in contrast to NYT’s corporate structure, as much as possible under existing circumstances, providing critique of their structure in our project’s form and content