THE NEW YORK TIMES ENHANCES ITS SUNDAY REPORTS
ON STYLES AND METROPOLITAN NEWS
NEW YORK, April 23 -- Beginning on Sunday, May 3, The New York Times will introduce a new style section and expand its Sunday coverage of metropolitan news, it was announced today by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The Times.
The boldly designed style section, called Styles of The Times, will include reports from the United States and abroad on social currents, fashion, design, beauty, language trends, night life and various image industries.
Sulzberger said that the enhanced Metro Report for Sunday continues The Times's commitment to expanding its news coverage of the metropolitan area. During the past year The Times introduced expanded weekday coverage of metropolitan news and sports.
"We are bringing to Sunday the depth and prominence of local and regional coverage that our Metro staff has already established on weekdays," Sulzberger said.
Styles of The Times is unlike any other section of the newspaper, past or present. Each week, the front page will feature a single story in a dramatic full-page presentation. Subsequent pages will deal with a range of topics from fashion to burgeoning trends.
"Styles of The Times is a brassy, bright and refreshing way for readers to keep up with the fast-changing lives we lead," Sulzberger said.
Page 3 will offer three views of cultural life:
-- First, On the Street, Bill Cunningham's feisty photo essay and column about New York.
-- Second, a story about happenings outside of New York.
-- Third, a series of vignettes on what's new all over; perhaps the tosas, a so-called natural watchdog from Japan, or haircut malpractice insurance for nervous salon owners. The vignettes feature is called Surfacing, "hot stuff struggling to the top," said Sulzberger.
Further inside, the section reports on people, fashion and trends:
-- Signals, a new column by Woody Hochswender, will lightly analyze a different style issue each week as a barometer of American life -- for example, the menswear look for women introduced in this month's collections.
-- Evening Hours, Bill Cunningham's photographic look at New York at night, has a new format and broader mission to chronicle night life.
The section will also incorporate The Times's current wedding and engagement pages, which were updated in recent years to include photos of couples. New reader services will include an index to the names of the couples and separate sections for weddings and engagements. The Sexes, a new column, will look at relationships; another, called Vows, tells a behind-the-scenes story of one particular wedding each week (in words and candid pictures).
Styles of The Times incorporates other features formerly found in the second part of the main section -- columns on gardening, coin collecting, photography, bridge and chess, plus new columns on shopping and dining, centering not on food reviews but on the experience of Sunday restaurant going.
Stephen Drucker, editor of The Times's Home Section and a former senior editor at Vogue, is on detached assignment to create Styles of The Times, with Adam Moss, formerly editor of 7 Days magazine, as consulting editor.
Styles of The Times was designed by Tom Bodkin, The Times's design director. The section will be a part of the paper's overall style department, headed by Angela Dodson, style editor. The wedding and engagement pages will continue to be edited by Mary Connelly.
The new Metro Report will appear as a freestanding part of the main news section and will incorporate the analytical articles formerly found on the Region page of the Week in Review section on Sundays.
In addition, new features include a periodic photo essay that provides glimpses into regional life; a graphic atlas that presents a story of the region in numbers; a Follow-Up on the News column and a redesigned Political Notes column.
The report also features a new column on city and regional life written by Michael Winerip, who was The Times's popular "Our Towns" columnist from 1985 to 1991.
The new report increases the space for metropolitan news and features in the Sunday paper by more than 50 percent. And like the daily Metro Section, the Sunday report includes a cover page, plus an all-news page about New York, including its boroughs, and an all-news page about the region -- Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey. The report will continue to be preceded in the first section of the Sunday paper by international and national news.
The new Metro Report will be under the supervision of James Roberts, Sunday Metro editor, who has held key editing jobs on The Times's sports and national desks, and Joan Nassivera, a top editor on Metro, as weekend editor. The Metro Report will be under the overall direction of Gerald Boyd, metropolitan editor.
Styles of The Times and the Metro Report will be included in all copies of The Times distributed in the greater New York area and throughout the Northeast.
/CONTACT: Nancy Nielsen, 212-556-7078, or William Adler, 212-556-7077, both of The New York Times/
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