Simple question: How does the world’s most important news organization adapt to a world where people turn to their phones, not their newspapers, for news?
It’s a complicated answer, of course. Which is why we’re delighted that Dean Baquet, the New York Times’ top editor, will grapple with it onstage with us next month in New York, at An Evening With Code/Media.
Baquet joins a group of some of the most interesting people who work at the intersection of media and technology. We’re getting together on Sept. 9 for an evening of drinks and conversation, and we’ve got a lot to talk about. You can be there too, but space is limited, so apply now — there’s a wait list and we’re doing our best to accommodate as many people as we can.
We’ve already told you about AMC Network CEO Josh Sapan and Thrillist Media Group CEO Ben Lerer. We probably don’t need to say much more about Baquet, because he’s the executive editor of the New York Times. But just in case you need a refresher:
Baquet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Times veteran who took the paper’s top job in May 2014 (you may recall that he replaced Jill Abramson, who talked to us about that experience a year ago). Baquet’s ascent at the Times coincided with the release of the Times’ internal “innovation report,” which said the publisher had fallen behind digital upstarts like BuzzFeed (and, um, Vox Media), at least on the distribution front — a report Baquet said he endorsed and has taken to heart.
Meanwhile, the Times has continued to make progress selling digital subscriptions, while experimenting with new ideas like publishing entire stories on Facebook.
Will that be enough to sustain the Times and its 1,300-person newsroom? We’ll ask Baquet about that and much more.
If you’ve been to one of our events before, you know what to expect when we host these things: In-depth, unscripted interviews onstage; lots of interesting people to meet sitting next to you. And if you’ve never made it in person, here’s your chance. The catch: We’re hosting this at the Steelcase Worklife Center, which has amazing views of Manhattan and an excellent rooftop deck, but limited space. So if you want a seat, you should get on it.
While we’re at it, this would be a good time to remind you that we’re bringing back the full Code/Media event next year in Dana Point, Calif. You can sign up for the Feb. 17-18 conference here. See you soon.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.