Inside the Minds of The New York Times' Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. & Mark Thompson
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Breakfast Discussion 8:00-9:30
Moderated by Alex S. Jones
Director, Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy
Harvard University’s Kennedy School
Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.
Chairman, The New York Times Company and Publisher,
The New York Times
Arthur Sulzberger was named
chairman of The New York
Times Company in 1997 and
chief executive officer in 2011.
He became publisher of The
New York Times in 1992 and
continues to run the Comp-
any’s flagship enterprise on a
day-to-day basis. Over the
past decade, he has shaped
and implemented innovative print and online initia-tives that are enabling the Company to compete successfully in the 21st century global media mar-ketplace. These include:
Transforming The Times into a national newspaper.
Leading the digital transformation of the Times Company which includes NYTimes.com, a top five global news and information site, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, About.com and IHT.com.
Acquiring the International Herald Tribune.
During Mr. Sulzberger’s tenure as publisher, The Times has earned 46 Pulitzer Prizes and provided its readers with innumerable examples of momen-tous journalism such as its breakthrough series “How Race is Lived in America,” its internationally acclaimed coverage of the September 11 terrorist attack in a “A Nation Challenged” and “Portraits of Grief,” “Class Matters,” an 11-part series exploring class in American society, “Distracted Driving,” ex-amining the serious risks of talking or texting while operating an automobile, “Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts,” an expose of the Bush Ad-ministration’s use of wiretaps and “China Rises,” a four-part, multimedia series.
Before coming to The Times, Mr. Sulzberger was a reporter with The Raleigh (N.C.) Times from 1974 to 1976, and a London correspondent for The Associated Press from 1976 to 1978.
He joined The Times in 1978 as a correspondent in its Washington bureau. He moved to New York as a metro reporter in 1981 and was appointed assistant metro editor later that year.
From 1983 to 1987, he worked in a variety of bus-iness departments, including production and corp-orate planning. In January 1987, he was named assistant publisher and, a year later, deputy pub-lisher, overseeing the news and business depart-ments. In both capacities, he was involved in plan-ning The Times's automated color printing and dis-tribution facilities in Edison, N.J., and at College Point in Queens, N.Y., as well as the creation of the six-section color newspaper.
Mr. Sulzberger played a central role in the develop-ment of the Times Square Business Improvement District, officially launched in January 1992, serving as the first chairman of that civic organization. He also helped found and serves as a member of the board of New York City Outward Bound.
Mr. Sulzberger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Tufts University in 1974. He is also a 1985 graduate of the Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development.
President and Chief Executive Officer,
The New York Times Company
Mark Thompson became president
and chief executive officer of The
New York Times Company on Nov-
ember 12, 2012. He is responsible
for leading the Company's strategy,
operations and business units, and
working closely with the chairman
to direct the vision of the company.
Before joining the Times Company,
Mr. Thompson served as Director-
General of the BBC since 2004, where he reshaped the company to meet the challenge of the digital age, ensuring that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services such as the BBC iPlayer. He also oversaw a transformation of the BBC itself, driving productivity and efficiency through the introduction of new technologies and bold organizational redesign.
He led the successful launch jointly with ITV of Free-sat, as well as the BBC's involvement in YouView, a joint venture with ITV, Channel 4, Arqiva, TalkTalk, and Five, offering subscription-free digital TV and the UK's leading video on-demand services.
Mr. Thompson joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee. He helped launch Watchdog and Breakfast Time, was an output editor on Newsnight, and was ap-pointed editor of the Nine O'Clock News in 1988 and of Panorama in 1990. He became controller (program-ming and scheduling chief) for the TV network BBC2 and Director of Television for the BBC before leaving the BBC in 2002 to become CEO of Channel 4 Tele-vision Corporation in the United Kingdom.
He was educated at Merton College at Oxford University.
NY Times’ Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. & Mark Thompson with MEDIA MINDS Series Moderator, Alex S. Jones
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The MEDIA MINDS audience
ProPublica’s Paul Steiger during audience Q&A
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NY Times’ Jill Abramson, Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton, MEDIA MINDS’ Founder & Producer Cathy Gay & Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker