Blockchain Was To Make Its Way To Mainstream Media With The New York Times Before Job Posting Removal
Blockchain Technology Makes Its Way To Mainstream Media With The New York Times
Everyone in the United States knows the New York Times. This publication is the second-largest newspaper in the country, based on circulation, and it has been a critical institution for American journalism. Now, this long-honored newspaper is following the years of honest writing with the implementation of the most honest ledger in the world – blockchain.
The blockchain technology is meant to be used for publishing, and the New York Times has already listed a new job posting online for someone to design their new proof of concept with blockchain. The PoC will serve news publishers, but the publication needs to have a “forward-looking leader” to help them create the outline over the court of a year. The creation of this outline will actively involve the research and development division of NYT.
With the new addition to the newspaper’s staff, this individual will be responsible for “codifying” the research project, which they will then present to potential stakeholders at other organizations. Their role will also entail the branding and creation of the technology for public view. Through this new development, the NYT hopes to create a pool of the stakeholders for the project, while seeking out advisors in various sectors of journalism, including news organizations, academia, and social media.
In order to move this project alone as desired, the NYT is seeking someone with previous experience in the innovation of media organizations and in the leadership of a team involving engineers, designers, and journalists. The ideal candidate would have at least eight years with this kind of work in their resume, and have strong skills in communication, writing, presentation, and collaborations.
This leader should be well versed in the applications of “new technologies” in the real world, which should be combined with a mixed skill set. The company wants applicants to have experience in at least three of the following categories: “journalism, product, design, software development, hardware engineering, and user research.” What is most important, however, is that the individual has “a real passion” for the goals and missions of the NYT.
Blockchain has been involved in the media before with Civil, among others. Civil is a startup that came out of the ConsenSys development studio, based in Ethereum.
There have been many reports from the New York Times over the years, researching and investigating both cryptocurrency and blockchain. One notable project has been “Demystifying the Blockchain,” which was published in June last year. Nathaniel Popper, who leads the stories in blockchain and crypto for the publication, even took his research to author a best-selling book called “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money.”
So far, despite correspondence being sent by CoinDesk, there have been no responses to requests for a comment on this development. Shortly after the article was published, the NY Times took down the job posting. Here is a screenshot of the listing: