The NYT has been reluctant to become a part of the media world, but the paper has been working to make itself more of a media company, according to people familiar with the situation.
On Friday, the NYT moved its white paper on media ethics from the newspaper’s executive editor, John Donahoe, to an editorial board.
The NYT’s chief executive, Jeffrey Lord, had been a strong supporter of Donahie’s and has also spoken out publicly on the subject.
While the paper is moving toward a media role, its board has said it will remain focused on “the importance of journalism, including the value of reporting and the importance of editorial independence.”
While many of the issues surrounding media are of concern to a growing number of people, the board is still considering the merits of the NYT’s approach, according the people familiar.
Lord is not expected to have a formal role on the board.
The NYT, like other newspapers, is working to become more of an entity.
In November, it launched a new digital-only strategy that will require readers to opt in to its “read more” section on its website.
In the past, the paper also has tried to sell ads in print.
Some of the paper’s best-known journalists have also taken on jobs as writers and reporters at the paper.
On Thursday, the New York Times said it would hire the best of its writers and other staffers to create a new editorial team focused on journalism.
It is unclear what role the NYT will play in shaping a future paper that is more about the news rather than the business of the newspaper, or the role that it has had in shaping the role of journalism in this country.
In a statement, the Times said that it “has long been committed to journalistic integrity, particularly as it relates to our role as an independent media company.”
“We’re proud of our commitment to the mission of journalism,” the statement said.
“We have always believed that the most important thing in journalism is the ability to report the news, and our goal is to create the kind of journalism that people want to read.”