The magazine introduces NYT Magazine Labs, a new creative studio dedicated to applying magazine thinking to new products. Caitlin Roper, the magazine’s special projects editor who has guided Kids Sections and the Annotated Constitution, will be the Labs’ editorial director. Read more in this note to staff from Dean Baquet and Jake Silverstein:
In the past year you may have noticed some innovative new sections and pages in the newspaper — the revamped A2-A3, the Kids Sections, the Annotated Constitution, the Puzzle Spectaculars. What these projects have in common is that they were produced under the guidance of Caitlin Roper, the magazine’s special projects editor. We’re thrilled today to announce the formation of a new department within the magazine dedicated to more projects like these.
NYT Magazine Labs is a new creative studio dedicated to applying magazine thinking to new products. Caitlin, who came to The New York Times Magazine from Wired, will be the editorial director of NYT Magazine Labs, which will continue to produce the monthly New York Times for Kids section, as well as a host of other print special sections. Her co-conspirator will be Deb Bishop, currently the magazine’s art director for special projects. Deb will become the art director for this new department.
As the editorial director, Caitlin will work closely with the magazine staff, but she’ll also seek partners, collaborating with Marc Lavallee to experiment with new technologies and with Monica Drake to respond to new opportunities for special projects throughout the newsroom. The idea behind NYT Magazine Labs is to serve as an editorial and design resource for innovative projects across the company.
Please join us in congratulating Caitlin and Deb on this new venture.
— Dean and Jake
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