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'NY Times' Appoints First-Ever 'Futurist-in-Residence'
Editor and Publisher ^ | September 19, 2006 | Joe Strupp

Posted on 09/19/2006 11:49:06 PM PDT by Lorianne

NEW YORK From the newspaper that brought you the first-ever perfume critic comes what appears to be another first -- "futurist-in-residence." The New York Times, apparently seeking to boost its image as a forward-looking paper, announced Tuesday the appointment of Michael Rogers, a former Washington Post Company executive and Newsweek.com general manager to the newly-created title.

In a release, the paper described the new position as a one-year consultant appointment to work with The New York Times Company's research and development unit. Spokeswoman Stacy Green compared the appointment to that of the paper's public editor, in that it would be a rotating position that changes each year.

"When the year comes around, they can have someone fresh," said Green. "He will be meeting with different units and bringing his ideas to advise the [R&D] group." Roger's appointment is the latest expansion of the company's research and development unit, which was created last year to develop new strategies for online and other innovations among the company's products, Green said.

"Michael has unique insights into the confluence of digital technology, consumer behavior and journalism," Michael Zimbalist, vice president of the research and development operations, said in a statement. "As futurist-in-residence he will help us to continuously deliver the innovative information products and services our readers expect from the Times Company."

Times officials offered few other details about what Rogers role would specifically include. But given his extensive background in online and new media innovations, it is clear his role is to expand the paper's push toward more Web and other interactive operations.

Rogers has most recently overseen Practical Futurist, a consulting firm he founded in 2004, where he works with startups and major media companies, the Times stated. He also writes the "Practical Futurist" column for MSNBC. He was vice president of The Washington Post Company's new media division from 1995 to 2004, while serving as editor and general manager of Newsweek.com, the Times stated.

In 1983, he joined Newsweek to create the magazine's technology section. Mr. Rogers wrote for Rolling Stone magazine from 1972 to 1983 and co-founded Outside magazine in 1977.

Rogers past experience includes producing the world's first CD-ROM newsmagazine for Newsweek in 1993, which the Times said was "a prototype for interactive television." He later developed interactive services on Prodigy, America Online and a series of Internet sites including the award-winning "Parents' Guide to Children's Software," which also appeared in CD-ROM and book form.

Rogers has a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Stanford University.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bullzogby; dnctalkingpoints; doomandgloom; fakebutaccurate; jasonblair; jasonblairsyndrome; lyingliars; makingitup; mediabias; nytimes; powerghraib; pravada; propaganda; spin; yellowjournalism; zogbyism

1 posted on 09/19/2006 11:49:11 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

So much for the "reality-based" community.


2 posted on 09/20/2006 12:03:45 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Republican, atheist, pro-life, anti-illegal, book-reading no-goodnik!)
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To: Lorianne

I thought for sure Al Gore had that title.LOL


3 posted on 09/20/2006 12:20:30 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: Lorianne

Looking into my crystal ball, I see a future where fish must be wrapped in plain paper since the New York Times has ceased publication.

Where do I sign up for the Times futurist position?


4 posted on 09/20/2006 12:36:54 AM PDT by MediaMole (9/11 - We have already forgotten.)
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To: Lorianne

Hmmm. For some reason, I'm thinking about the deck chairs on the Titanic.


5 posted on 09/20/2006 12:46:45 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: =Intervention=; adam_az; an amused spectator; bert; bitt; BlessedBeGod; BlessedByLiberty; ...
'NY Times' Appoints First-Ever 'Futurist-in-Residence'


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She can have the office next door to the "Perfume Editor".

6 posted on 09/20/2006 1:00:35 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: MediaMole

I have gotten the name and First picture of the "Fututist".
Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth here is his picture....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Farnsworth.png

Good News everyone.....The NyTimes will be going out of business in 5...4....3....2


7 posted on 09/20/2006 1:43:22 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Lorianne

How much forward thinking can you get than to embrace Islamic World Socialism?


8 posted on 09/20/2006 1:51:07 AM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: Lorianne

"In the future, everyone will hate President Bush. Years from now, people will look back and wonder why he was not impeached. Historians wil rank Bill Clinton as a god, right up there with Bill Clinton. And another thing ..." [/NYT Futurist]


9 posted on 09/20/2006 3:37:03 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: Lorianne

All he needs to do to predict the future is look at the graph of the NYT's stock price.


10 posted on 09/20/2006 3:37:47 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the RINOs in terror before me.)
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To: Lorianne

bump


11 posted on 09/20/2006 4:26:57 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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To: Lorianne
The man stinks of goat entrails.
12 posted on 09/20/2006 5:14:44 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: martin_fierro

The NYT's futurist-in-residence.

13 posted on 09/20/2006 7:15:50 AM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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To: Lorianne; DBeers; scripter; little jeremiah; Liz; abb; Milhous; george76; Ernest_at_the_Beach

If Michael Rogers is the gay activist, who has made a career of outing other gays, he will fit right in with the other Marxist Homosexual Lunatic Editors of the Ny Slimes.

http://search.yahoo.com/bin/search?fr=ybr_sbc&p=Michael%20Rogers%20+%20Gay


14 posted on 09/20/2006 8:10:56 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic lies/wet dreams posing as news.)
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To: Lorianne
First-Ever 'Futurist-in-Residence'

Other papers have done this. Jean Dixon held this position for years...


15 posted on 09/20/2006 11:41:06 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Lorianne

Why don't they stop all this nonsense, and try hiring some real journalists for a change?


16 posted on 09/20/2006 11:43:23 AM PDT by LIConFem (Just opened a new seafood restaurant in Great Britain, called "Squid Pro Quid")
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To: Lorianne

newsweak.com executive?

I can predict his vision. The entire leftist agenda, the rise of the USSR and the fall of capitalism, the age of aquarius,polygamy but only for homosexuals,and bill clinton reelected caligula for life.


17 posted on 09/20/2006 11:45:55 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Lorianne

Why don't they just sign up for some Tarot card readings?? It would be a lot cheaper and just as useful........


18 posted on 09/20/2006 11:49:15 AM PDT by Enchante (There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Drive-By Media)
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To: Lorianne
The guy's good!


19 posted on 09/20/2006 12:00:50 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: LIConFem

where will a newspaper find journalists?

All the qualified people are here on FR.


20 posted on 09/20/2006 12:03:46 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Grampa Dave; martin_fierro

Man, those restroom breaks in NYT urinals are gonna be sump'n.


21 posted on 09/20/2006 3:12:27 PM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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To: dead; martin_fierro; Smartass; potlatch; devolve; Liz; Prime Choice

see #19

great, dead!


22 posted on 09/20/2006 8:04:02 PM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: dead


23 posted on 09/20/2006 11:36:14 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic lies/wet dreams posing as news.)
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To: Lorianne

Right - just look what he did for Newsweek. The magazine is so desperate that they are sending out issues to people who don't subscribe just to inflate their numbers. That kind of profit is only good for the short term- eventually reality catches up with you . . .


24 posted on 10/06/2006 2:58:24 PM PDT by onevoter
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