The New York Times continues to offers its readers new and exciting opportunities to give money to the New York Times. “Exciting” might not be the best word to describe an Election Night party with Times staffers and public figures, but at $250-a-head it is considerably cheaper than the $135,000-per-person luxury jet tour of despotic hotspots the “paper of record” will be offering in 2018.
I've spent a lot of election nights in newsrooms and it's great…but not $250 great. pic.twitter.com/AbGkgFaD6m
— Hannah Sampson (@hannahbsampson) October 21, 2016
The Times plans to host up to 300 readers on November 8 for an Election Night Live shindig at its headquarters in New York. They’ll get to pal around with executive editor Dean Baquet, CEO Mark Thompson, and columnist Frank Bruni, among other. Two members of congress are also expected to attend.
The event will be “fast-moving and fun,” in the words of Charles Duhigg, the Times senior editor of live journalism, who described the paper as the “politics drug-delivery system of choice” for “a lot of people.”
Booze will reportedly be served, but it’s unclear if drinks are included in the $250 entry fee. Guests will start arriving around 6:30 p.m., just in time for early returns and exit polls. The itinerary includes a number of panel discussion about the 2016 campaign, including what promises to be a very short discussion on the case for voting for Donald Trump.
“The reason why people love politics is not just because of who won or lost but because of the discussion of what it all means,” Duhigg told NeimanLab. “We want people to learn some things about this race that they didn’t know before from really interesting sources. That’s kind of an audacious goal to say during a race where everything has already been covered like crazy for the last year.”
At 9:00 p.m., the festive mingling shall commence, and party-goers and Times journalists can celebrate the election of Hillary Clinton.
The Election Night party is the latest installment of nytLive, an events series comprised of “panel discussions, interactive debates and high-level networking,” the goal of which is to make wealthy Times readers feel important and get their money.
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