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NYT’S MEDIA MOVES: Bruce Headlam, The New York Times’ media editor, is putting on a new, yet somewhat familiar hat. After five years covering media, Headlam has been promoted to managing editor of video, a new role that will have him reporting directly to executive editor Jill Abramson.
Headlam will oversee the journalists in the video department and work with video production general manager Rebecca Howard, who reports to executive vice president of digital products and services Denise Warren. The move not only puts Headlam essentially out of the running for editor of the Sunday Times Magazine, Hugo Lindgren’s old job, but it also reinforces the newspaper’s commitment to video.
Earlier this year, in another nod to the digital world, Abramson moved national editor Sam Sifton — another candidate for Lindgren’s job — to a new role in which he would create the paper’s digital magazine and dining news vertical.
Filling Headlam’s shoes as media editor is Peter Lattman, who wrote for the paper’s business section for three-and-a-half years. The reporter, who first began writing for DealBook, was originally plucked from The Wall Street Journal, where he covered legal affairs and the private-equity industry.
“It’s an incredibly interesting time to be covering the media industry, especially considering the seismic changes in media,” Lattman told WWD, pointing to the way technology has “influenced how consumers take in their media.”
The move signals a big promotion for the former business reporter, as he will now be running the media desk and attending page one meetings, as had his predecessor.
While not necessarily first on his agenda, but definitely top of mind, will be plugging the holes in the media department.
Currently there are two openings on the media desk, following the recent departure of TV reporter Brian Stetler, who went to CNN, and Amy Chozick’s reassignment to the political beat. Chozick had covered corporate media and is now covering Hillary Rodham Clinton and her family for the Times.
Both Lattman and Headlam will officially transition to their new roles on Monday.