The Fray Lady
Imagine your first two months as an editor at The New York Times.
You sell your house and car in Buffalo, move to the Flatiron District, plunk down in the Times newsroom and one by one take public swipes at your new colleagues—the incoming CEO, the celebrity profiler, the foreign desk in war-torn Libya, the nation’s most popular political forecaster.
“The role of public editor isn’t to be a friend,” Margaret Sullivan, the Times new public editor and first woman to hold the title, told The Observer from her office in the third-floor newsroom.
In a short time, Ms. Sullivan has taken what was previously a low-profile emeritus post for pre-retirees and transformed it into a bully pulpit of sorts. Rather than filing biweekly print columns like her predecessor Arthur Brisbane, she is tweeting, blogging and interacting with commenters. She has modernized the role of the public editor—a curious job, to be sure—and put more than a few ink-stained noses out of joint.
New York Times standards editor Phil Corbett sent a memo to the staff earlier this week about anonymous sourcing. It was a pretty standard memo indeed. Just a few reminders really:
Remember that under our rules, at least one editor must know the identity of an anonymous source. (As standards editor, Read More
“Some social-media fans may disagree, but outside of ornithological contexts, ‘tweet’ has not yet achieved the status of standard English,” wrote Phil Corbett, New York Times standards editor, in a memo to the paper’s staff yesterday, according to Choire Sicha. “And standard English is what we should use in news articles.”
Mr. Corbett notes Read More
Clark Hoyt (and nytpicker) have had their hands full keeping track of Times freelancers who accept freebies/payment from the people they cover. But there’s also the problem of sources who accept freebies/payment—or at least, of portraying such individuals as impartial experts.
Following several recent Editors’ Notes on this issue, Standards Read More