The New York Times on Tuesday announced the closure of its Spanish-language platform, NYT en Español.
“As of today, we’ve discontinued NYT en Español as a separate, standalone operation. Since it launched in 2016, the site published around 10 high-quality original [stories] and translated New York Times stories…in Spanish,” a New York Times spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill.
“We launched NYT en Español as part of an experiment to reach and engage more international readers by extending our coverage to different languages," the statement continued.
"While the Español site did attract a new audience for our journalism and consistently produced coverage we are very proud of, it did not prove financially successful. Our strategy is now focused on our subscription-driven core news report for a global audience.”
The Times will continue to have its editors translate stories into over a dozen languages, including Spanish, and will boost its investment in expanding the translation efforts.
“This change does not affect our coverage of Latin America, which will remain robust with dedicated staff based in Medellin, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro,” the spokesperson said.
NYT en Español published over 900 opinion articles and 100 additional original articles, according to editor Paulina Chavira.
“It has been a road involving a lot of learning and…we could not have been better accompanied on this journey. I continue to say that writing in Spanish is always a good business decision...and time will prove it,” Chavira tweeted.
“Meanwhile, thank you to everyone who read, commented and questioned: thank you for accompanying us during these years. Thank you for the opportunity and thank you for all the learning.”
Con mucha tristeza y pesar les informamos que hoy cierra operaciones @nytimeses. Para NY es una decisión «corporativa», pero para nosotros (@albinsonl,@borismunoz,@ebudasoff,@marina_ef,@MJVega,@patynietog,@Nat_Guti,@eldacantu) fue un proyecto al que le pusimos todo el corazón.— Paulina Chavira (@apchavira) September 17, 2019