July 25, 2011

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Bill Keller says it was his decision to end the magazine column, which started in March with editor Hugo Lindgren’s redesign of the magazine. “The magazine column has been fun – and I’ve loved being part of Hugo’s relaunch – but op-ed has greater license to have opinions, and a day-before deadline,” Keller tells John Koblin. Lindgren says Keller’s columns “were smart, well-written, fun to read.” What did he think of “>the criticism of Keller’s pieces?

“If you have a columnist that everyone loves — what is that? Is there one of those in the world? I enjoyed some of the controversy that he kicked up.”

Koblin points out that of the 12 magazine columns Keller wrote, five had corrections (including one column that had two) — a correction rate of 41.6 percent. (Jayson Blair’s annual correction rate at the Times ranged from 5 to 6.3 percent — high enough to bring warnings to improve. Keller tells Koblin: “Thanks for noticing the corrections. I don’t think any of them undermined the point of the column, but every one made me wince. And I’ve gotten better with practice, so there’s probably hope for me.”

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From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August…
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