Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New York Times eliminating Public Editor

The New York Times is eliminating the public editor position, the Nieman Journalism Lab reports. Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. wrote Wednesday in a memo to the newsroom: “The responsibility of the public editor — to serve as the reader’s representative — has outgrown that one office…To that end, we have decided to eliminate the position of the public editor, while introducing several new reader-focused efforts."
The Times said that it is strengthening other ways for readers to communicate with it. On Tuesday, it announced the launch of the Reader Center, which will in part improve “how we respond directly to tips, feedback, questions, concerns, complaints and other queries from the public — whether they arrive through email, social media, posts on our own platforms or other channels.”
Readers and social media followers “collectively serve as a modern watchdog,” Sulzberger wrote in his memo.
The Nieman story



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