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Cruz named Culture Editor at the NYT

Cruz named Culture Editor at the NYT

Gilbert CruzAlmost three years after joining the New York Times as Television Editor, Gilbert Cruz is moving on to a new role.

The paper announced Cruz is the next Culture Editor of The Times.

In making the announcement, NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn stated wrote: “Gilbert emerged from an outstanding pool of applicants for the job, impressing us with his energy, creativity and journalistic vision,” calling him a “natural leader who will push for provocative coverage and challenging ideas, and bring fresh perspectives to our report.”

Before the NYT, Cruz was Editorial Director at New York magazine Vulture, where he rose up the editorial ranks over a period of three years. He previously worked as a staff writer and senior editor at Time magazine.

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New York Times hires Castillo as film writer

New York Times hires Castillo as film writer

Monica CastilloMonica Castillo starts a new job today as film writer for Watching, the New York Times’ new film and television site and streaming newsletter.

She’ll be recommending movies to stream from platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Netflix.

“I’ve enjoyed watching the growth of streaming platforms as a way to make movies more accessible to viewers around the country and internationally,” she tells Media Moves. “Now it’s figuring out what to watch from all these possibilities, and I’m excited to be a part of a team dedicated to answering that question.”

TV editor Gilbert Cruz oversees the NYT’s “what-to-watch guide.”

Monica recently finished a Specialized Journalism Master’s at USC Annenberg. She previously worked as an entertainment reporter at International Business Times.

Her work has been published in several media outlets, including the Village Voice, LA Weekly, NPR, The Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan, RogerEbert.com, Remezcla, and Paste Magazine.

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Tanzina Vega leaves NYT for CNN

Tanzina Vega leaves NYT for CNN

Tanzina VegaAfter an 8-year run at the New York Times, Tanzina Vega is leaving the paper to join CNN Politics as a digital correspondent. She’ll continue to be based in New York.

She starts the new job on April 20.

In her new role, Tanzina will be covering the intersection of technology, politics and civil rights leading up to the 2016 presidential elections.

In a memo sent to staff, CNN Politics Executive Editor Rachel Smolkin described Tanzina’s role:

“She’ll look at innovative ways the 2016 campaigns are using technology, the evolution of micro targeting and new twists in voter registration. She’ll also mine the blending of technology and politics beyond the beltway, from grassroots movements to civil rights to hashtag activism on social media.”

Tanzina tweeted about the new job and thanked her colleagues at the NYT.

During her tenure at the NYT, Tanzina was a web producer, media reporter and national correspondent covering race issues. The paper moved her from that beat in January of this year to cover the Bronx court system as a metro reporter.

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New York Times adds Tobar to its opinion writer roster

Hector TobarHéctor Tobar, who left the Los Angeles Times in September of 2014 to take a job as a professor at the University of Oregon, is now a contributing Op-Ed writer for the New York Times.

Héctor is one of 19 contributing opinion writers the NYT has hired to beef up its roster.

His first column at the NYT was published this week.

The Los Angeles-born author and journalist spent two decades at the LAT, as a correspondent, columnist and book critic.

His books include the novels “The Tattooed Soldier” and “The Barbarian Nurseries” and the nonfiction “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free.”

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NY Times hires Cruz as TV Editor

Gilbert CruzGilbert Cruz starts a new job today as the New York Times’ Television Editor. He joins the paper from New York Magazine, where he was Editorial Director of online entertainment site Vulture.

He joined New York Mag as Senior Editor of Vulture.com in 2012 and was promoted to Deputy Editor in 2013, before taking on the Editorial Director role.

He previously worked for Time magazine, starting out as a staff writer before getting promoted to Senior Editor in 2010. During his time there, he launched and edited Time.com’s entertainment vertical and developed Populist, an ASME-winning iPad app.

Before joining Time, Cruz worked 3 years as an editorial assistant for Entertainment Weekly.

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NYT publishes bilingual story


This investigative project ran in Spanish online, with a “Read in English” link underneath the photo of a Mexican informant.

The New York Times on Monday published an investigative project in both English and Spanish.

“A Drug War Informer in No Man’s Land,” about a former Mexican police chief turned DEA informant abandoned by the U.S. government after he provided information that linked Mexico’s military to drug cartels, ran in yesterday’s print and online editions.

“Un Informante de la Guerra Contra el Narcotráfico en Tierra de Nadie,” only ran online, but it marks a first for the NYT.

Investigations editor Christine Kay came up with the idea. “I was surprised the paper had never run a story in Spanish prior to this,” she says.

“Ginger Thompson’s stories on Latin America often are translated and run on the front pages of papers there. So we thought, why not provide a Spanish-language version of her story and drive readers to our own site instead. We are interested to see how much traffic the Spanish version gets.

She points out that “the story was only published in Spanish on the web, where the vast majority of our readers outside the United States access the paper,” but that the NYT hoped “Spanish-speaking residents in this country would benefit by the translation.”

Correction 5/2/13: When this story was published on Tuesday, it stated that it was “the first time in its history” that the NYT published a story in Spanish.  That was the investigation editor’s belief.

In the English version that ran online, a "Leer en Español" link allows readers to view the Spanish version of the investigative story.

In the English version that ran online, a “Leer en Español” link allows readers to view the Spanish version of the investigative story.

Today, a corporate spokesperson for the NYT wrote to say that “A Drug War Informer in No Man’s Land,” was “not the first time The Times has published a story in the Spanish language.”

In an email statement,  Stephanie Yera wrote:  “The New York Times has published stories in Spanish on NYTimes.com for some time, either in conjunction with special projects or because it has simply made sense editorially.  Stories are published in the Spanish language via The New York Times News Service & Syndicate or translated into Spanish, and translators are credited at the end of our articles.”

She also writes that they’ve also included stories in Portuguese and Chinese and cited the following 3 stories published in Spanish on NYTimes.com:

A story by Ginger Thompson, with Randal Archibold and Eric Schmitt (translators are named at the bottom of the article), on U.S. involvement in hindering the rise of Mexican General Moisés García Ochoa, from Feb. 2013:


A July 2012 story on marijuana trafficking in Uruguay by Damien Cave:


A 2011 series on immigration by Damien Cave: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/world/americas/immigration-en-espanol.html.



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Robles leaves Miami Herald for NYT

After 19 years working for the Miami Herald, Frances “Frenchie” Robles is leaving the paper on Dec. 14.  After a one-month break, she’ll join the New York Times as a national and foreign correspondent, covering Florida and the Caribbean.

She starts the new gig Jan. 14 in NYC, where she’ll spend a few months before heading back to her home base of Miami.

“That assignment is probably only going to be about a year; they really want me to work in New York,” says Frenchie. “This job takes me full circle. I was a night copy girl at the Times while studying at NYU.”

Frenchie has spent the last 19 years at the Herald, where she has held multiple roles.  She was an education, police and courts reporter before heading the Managua and Bogotá bureaus for the paper.  She was also the Cuba reporter for 6 years and most recently, an enterprise writer.

Prior to the Herald, she was a staff writer at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

About her decision to leave the Herald, she says:

“When the recession hit and newspapers like The Herald started laying off reporters in droves, everybody kept asking: ‘What’s your plan B?’ I love and am committed to journalism, so my Plan B was for Herald executives to call the SWAT team to drag me out of newsroom. It’s so exciting to be offered a dream job at such a prestigious paper and be able to remain in the news-gathering business — without having to involve the police.”

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News organizations launch Google Pages

Google yesterday introduced Google+ pages for brands and businesses and already several news organizations have launched their own pages.

Among the first to adapt to the new social media engagement tool:  NBC News, Good Morning America, Fox News and The New York Times.

Businesses will be able to create a professional presence, but Google won’t allow brand page owners to host contests or promotions directly on the on the social network itself, according to TechCrunch.

The official Google blog has more details about how it works and even has a list of some just launched pages.

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I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter, anchor, writer and producer for Spanish and English-language television, including Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español, Fox 11 News in Los Angeles and the San Jose Mercury News, later becoming a digital media manager. I write about Hispanic media and entertainment as a regular contributor to Forbes and also freelance as an editor, reporter and producer for other media outlets. I'm a former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, inducted into the Hall of Fame in August of 2016.