Unfortunately, it’s not every day that you see a big print media company do something smart on the web. Somehow, many of them are just too set in their ways, or scared, to see what a good online presence can do. I’m not saying every publisher needs to have a web-first mentality, but well, someday they will, and that day is getting closer. For whatever reason, either they don’t get it, or the people who do aren’t allowed to do anything about it.
The New York Times, basically the only New York paper not owned by Rupert Murdoch, gets it. I saw a link on Digg just now to their internal development blog. Which also has links to a couple of internally-developed projects, that they’re releasing as Open-Source projects. And they sent a couple of guys to OSCON.
This is what we do, every day, but it’s nice to see a company that isn’t 100% tech-related doing these things. It probably helps that the tech department at the Times is probably bigger than Omni as a whole, too.
Keep on truckin’, New York Times. Keep on truckin’.