The New York Times has changed the headline on its Katy Tur profile (again)

The New York Times showed this weekend that Twitter can be a serviceable public editor, at least when it comes to copy editing.

On Saturday, the newspaper tweaked a headline on its profile of NBC News correspondent Katy Tur after criticism that the original headline, "Katy Tur Is Tougher Than She Looks," was sexist. The new headline read: "Katy Tur's Swift and Surprising Rise."

https://twitter.com/BenMullin/status/873605816410157057

On Sunday, The New York Times changed the headline again, after readers complained that Tur's hard-fought ascent at NBC News wasn't "surprising":

https://twitter.com/BenMullin/status/873993401057898497

https://twitter.com/jeffjarvis/status/873633969954328579

Readers had criticized the original headline, noting that a male journalist would likely not be described in those terms:

https://twitter.com/KenTremendous/status/873563317385666560

https://twitter.com/IceManNYR/status/873604613118849024

https://twitter.com/thebasil/status/873602739439259648

https://twitter.com/diane1951/status/873582692310417408

https://twitter.com/ElizKing/status/873579750211465216

https://twitter.com/Cybermel360/status/873541854951755780

https://twitter.com/JEFSantaMonica/status/873559789925740544

The New York Times has faced criticism of this sort before, most recently for an obituary of a rocket scientist that said the subject could make "a mean beef stroganoff."

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    Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics.

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