Skip to comments.'NY Times' Appoints First-Ever 'Futurist-in-Residence'
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.
So much for the "reality-based" community.
I thought for sure Al Gore had that title.LOL
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?
Hmmm. For some reason, I'm thinking about the deck chairs on the Titanic.
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She can have the office next door to the "Perfume Editor".
I have gotten the name and First picture of the "Fututist".
Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth here is his picture....
Good News everyone.....The NyTimes will be going out of business in 5...4....3....2
How much forward thinking can you get than to embrace Islamic World Socialism?
"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]
All he needs to do to predict the future is look at the graph of the NYT's stock price.
The NYT's futurist-in-residence.
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.
Other papers have done this. Jean Dixon held this position for years...
Why don't they stop all this nonsense, and try hiring some real journalists for a change?
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.
Why don't they just sign up for some Tarot card readings?? It would be a lot cheaper and just as useful........
where will a newspaper find journalists?
All the qualified people are here on FR.
Man, those restroom breaks in NYT urinals are gonna be sump'n.
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 . . .