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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

The is a daily newspaper owned by . It is the United States’ and among the in the country.

The Times was owned by the Otis/Chandler family from its founding in 1881 until 2007. The family-owned Times Mirror Co. merged with the Tribune Co. in 2000, and the family of the Tribune Co. to billionaire Sam Zell in 2007. The Tribune Co. was in 2013, and both the conservative billionaire and News Corp.’s were reported to be interested in buying the paper, though Murdoch was held back by FCC ownership regulations and the Kochs of the process. The Tribune Co. , including the Times, into a separate company called Tribune Publishing in 2014.

The Times rose to prominence under the leadership of from 1960 to 1980. The paper developed a national reach, expanded its international reporting and won numerous prizes for its journalism. The Times’ prestige began to during the late 1990s, however, its troubles culminating in an ethical scandal over a with the Staples Center revolving around a special section about the arena’s opening.

In the mid-2000s, the Times was by several rounds of cuts by the Tribune Co., both before and during Zell’s ownership. During that time, the newspaper , made of , and saw the departure of at least over their refusal to implement those cuts. The Tribune Co. filed for in 2008.

The Times in 2012 from the Ford Foundation to expand its coverage of several beats, including immigration, ethnic minority communities, and Brazil.

The Times in 2004, its in 2009, and its in 2012. The paper also with the Chicago Tribune (another Tribune paper) in 2009, and by late 2009, the Times’ editor said he of national publications like The New York Times.

The Times in 2007, emphasizing the website’s importance with the move. The merger was prompted by a 2006 internal report that found the paper’s web operation slow, understaffed and lacking in leadership. In 2009, Editor Russ Stanton said the Times’ web revenues could . By 2011, the Times’ web traffic had increased dramatically, largely as a result of efforts in search engine optimization and social media. The paper in 2014, introducing a visual browsing mode, a continually scrolling stream of stories, and pre-written tweets and status updates on article pages.

The Times in March 2012, using a metered model that allows 15 free articles per month before charging 99 cents and then $1.99 per week. The paper had experimented with paid content previously, putting its arts and entertainment listings behind a paywall from 2003 to 2005. The Times also released a  and a , in April 2011. The paper reported across its platforms in 2013.

The Times  for the social-news app Zite in July 2012.

In 2005, the Times with a community-edited “wikitorial,” but it was quickly shut down after being besieged by spam and pornography.

The Times has been criticized for running large front-page ads, including one that ran as a and another as a .

 

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