As if there weren’t enough news about the New York Times this summer — most of it not great news, either — the paper announced Tuesday that New York Times en Español would no longer be operational.
The announcement said New York Times en Español was being discontinued after three years of producing around 10 original stories per day and also featuring translated versions of Times reporting. The decision was made because “it did not prove financially successful.”
“Our strategy is now focused on our subscription-driven core news report for a global audience,” the announcement said. “Moving forward, editors will continue to translate signature journalism into more than a dozen languages — including Spanish, which will continue to appear at www.nytimes.com/es — as part of our core mission, and we will increase investment in the expansion of these broader translation efforts.”
NYT en Español editor Paulina Chavira wrote on Twitter, “With much sadness and regret we inform you that today closes operations @nytimeses. For NY it is a ‘corporate’ decision, but for us (@albinsonl, @borismunoz, @ebudasoff, @marina_ef, @MJVega, @patynietog, @Nat_Guti, @eldacantu) It was a project that we put all our heart to.”
In a series of threaded tweets, she continued to thank individual colleagues as well as readers, saying, “I still believe that writing in Spanish is always a good business … and time will tell.”
Representatives for the New York Times did not immediately respond to request for comment.
It’s been a rough few months for the Times which, among other things, saw an increase in subscription cancellations after a reader backlash over its lead headline on a story about a President Trump speech in August. On Sunday, the paper added an editor’s note to a Saturday story detailing witness recollection of another purported incident of drunken sexual misconduct from Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his college days, prompting the president to declare it “DEAD.”
At least en parte, he was right.