NY Times on the Web

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Wed, 5 Jun 1996 12:08:28 +0200 (MET DST)

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>From: cliona murphy <cliona@connors.com>
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>For Immediate Release
>Contact: Lydia Trettis or Peter Suciu
> Connors Communications
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> peter@connors.com
>Electronic Gallery Project Will Feature Gilles Peress' Photographs
>NEW YORK, NY, May 29, 1996 =AD=AD The New York Times on the Web has=20
>announced an interactive multimedia photojournalism project that=20
>will chronicle Bosnias struggle for peace. To be launched June=20
>10th, Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace, will feature an electronic=20
>gallery of more than one hundred and fifty images by renowned=20
>photojournalist Gilles Peress, and a month-long worldwide discussion=20
>on war and peace in the former Yugoslavia. Anyone with Internet=20
>access can view and participate in the project without charge or=20
>registration at http://www.nytimes.com/bosnia. =20
>Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace will encourage participation from=20
>individuals all over the world, particularly in locations closest to=20
>the conflict and its unfolding resolution. Internet connections are=20
>being established in Sarajevo so Bosnians themselves can take part.=20
>Terminals linked to the Web site are being installed by IBM at the=20
>International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The=20
>Hague, Netherlands, and at the United Nations in New York. Global=20
>discussions will be initiated on the political, social and cultural=20
>issues raised by the war.
>"This project seeks to use the Internet to facilitate a greater=20
>understanding of one of the major events of our time, as well as a=20
>truly worldwide forum for discussion of the issues it raises," said=20
>Martin Nisenholtz, president of The New York Times Electronic Media=20
>Company, which conceived the Bosnia project as part of its recently=20
>launched Internet service, The New York Times on the Web.
>Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace, page 2
>Peress images are a personal and journalistic chronicle of the final=20
>weeks of the siege of Sarajevo, including the exodus of the Serbs=20
>from the citys suburbs. The interactive photo essay, combined with=20
>the photographer's narrative, provides the viewer with information=20
>and experiences similar to those encountered by journalists=20
>witnessing the end of the war.
>Peress is known for his photographic coverage of conflicts in Iran,=20
>Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and Bosnia. Viewers will be encouraged to=20
>submit comments and reactions. Individuals in the former Yugoslavia=20
>will be invited to email their own accounts of events.
>More than ten Internet forums will be conducted by leading=20
>intellectual and political figures specializing in different aspects=20
>of the Bosnia conflict, including the war and its destruction,=20
>preceding historical events, the religious dimension, and political=20
>ramifications. Bernard Gwertzman, senior editor and former foreign=20
>editor of The New York Times, will oversee the forums. Hosts and=20
>participants will include:
> =B0 Madeleine Albright, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
> =B0 Ervin Staub, professor of psychology studying genocide at the=20
> University of Massachusetts
> =B0 Steve Walker, formerly of the U.S. State Department
> =B0 Manuela Dobos, professor of Balkanology at the City University of=20
> =B0 Bono of U2 and The Passengers, producer of "Miss Sarajevo"
> =B0 Aryeh Neier, president of the Soros Foundation & the Open Society=20
> =B0 Christiane Amanpour, senior international correspondent for CNN
>Users can also access multimedia background materials, color maps,=20
>audio clips, archival articles from New York Times correspondents,=20
>and links to relevant sites on the Web. Highlights of discussions=20
>and forum contributions will be posted regularly on the site. The=20
>site itself will remain accessible until August.
>Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace, page 3
>=B3Our aim is to combine the journalistic mission of The New York=20
>Times, the visual impact of a magazine, and a forum for opinion and=20
>debate, in a way unique to this medium,=B2 said Kevin McKenna,=20
>editorial director for The New York Times Electronic Media Company.
>The New York Times Electronic Media Company, a wholly owned=20
>subsidiary of The New York Times Company, was founded in 1995 to=20
>develop new products and distribution channels for The Times. In=20
>addition to developing The New York Times on the Web, it produces=20
>@times, the newspaper's service on America Online.
>The New York Times Company is a diversified media company including=20
>newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, and electronic=20
>information and publishing. The Company, which had 1995 revenues of=20
>$2.4 billion, publishes The New York Times, The Boston Globe and 21=20
>regional newspapers and owns a one-half interest in the=20
>International Herald Tribune; publishes nine magazines and conducts=20
>related activities in the fields of golf, tennis, skiing and=20
>sailing; operates six network-affiliated television stations and=20
>two New York City radio stations. It also operates news, photo and=20
>graphic services; manages news and feature syndicates and has=20
>several electronic publishing and new media activities. The Company=20
>has minority interests in one newsprint mill and one supercalendered=20
>paper mill.
>The Class A Common Stock is listed on the American Stock Exchange=20
>under the symbol NYT.A.
>Technical support for the Bosnia project is provided by the IBM=20
>Corporation, including Internet access provided by the IBM Global=20
>Network, one of the world's largest data and Internet service=20
>providers offering Internet access from nearly 600 locations in more=20
>than 45 countries.=20
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