New public editor of The New York Times Margaret Sullivan has blogged every day this week about journalism and issues at the Times, but she’s also setting reader expectations with links and references. She wrote about her first few days on the job Thursday:
“It’s important to me that this effort be a two-way street, or maybe even one of those insane intersections where traffic is going every which way. It’s not about me handing down pronouncements, although that’s sure to happen from time to time, but about a continuing conversation about journalism — including, but not limited to, The Times’s journalism.”
True to that spirit, Sullivan dings not just the Times for its minimal reference to Lilly Ledbetter’s DNC appearance but also The Wall Street Journal.
She said she would expand on her first post, which was about fact-checking, in a future Sunday column. This Sunday she’ll explain her approach to the job.
Sullivan is the Times’ fifth public editor, following Arthur Brisbane, Clark Hoyt, Byron Calame, and Daniel Okrent, who was hired in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal.