If I was in New York City and in search of newsrooms to evaluate and bring back to UF, I had to stop by The New York Times.
The Times opened their new building in November of 2007, and since then, it has been a landmark of journalism.
Gone are the days of grandiose newsrooms, marble entranceways and 40-foot ceilings. Newsrooms like The New York Times simply don't exist anymore, they are a dying breed because of the economy and the nature of our industry.
The need for a large newsroom is virtually obsolete for almost every smaller news outlet and many of the large organizations are not building new facilities.
Like the University of Maryland, The New York Times had a clean slate to work with when planning their operations. Utilizing internal stairways, natural light and planned open spaces, The Times newsroom is not only inviting, but efficient.
David Frank, a videographer for The Times, was kind enough to show me around for the day. David visited the University of Florida last year to come speak at the College of Journalism and Communications.
A lot has changed in the news industry since the opening of the building in 2007 and since the planning of the building almost 10 years earlier. The darkrooms have been turned into offices and video editing bays and the structure of the newsroom has been changed to allow web content editors to be more centralized to keep the online content a top priority of the paper.
As a journalist, The Times is the holy grail of newsrooms. Again and again, everyone I have visited on this trip has been so inviting and open in sharing their thoughts on how a newsroom should operate. It is amazing how interested our industry is in improving the way we share the news with the world.
*Here are a few more photos from my visit.