The New York Times RSS feed for U.S. news has been using authors’ bylines in recent posts. Most newspapers have only posted headlines and the first few paragraphs of the article, even a few ads. Although The Guardian has been an exception to this rule, The New York Times made the change five days ago.
The change is fairly minor, but it seems symptomatic of what one AP writer recently told me, “Newspapers are desperate to try anything.”
Bylines for The Times U.S. feed scream the author’s name in capitals, but the text prior to the name has read “by By” for the past five days.