A Job Well Done

New York Times Public Editor Byron Calame hung up his pen last weekend, making way for a new Public Editor, Clark Hoyt.

Calame provided a model, imo, for how to do the job. Unlike his awful predecessor, Daniel Okrent, Calame was a newspaperman, and knew his way around a newsroom and the processes that permit the nightly miracle of the production of a newspaper, particularly a newspaper like the New York Times.

Unlike Okrent, Calame welcomed the attention of Times readers:

It has been an honor to be entrusted to pursue concerns about The Times on behalf of you, the readers, and to monitor the integrity of the journalism practiced by the talented staff of this outstanding newspaper. It has been especially gratifying to hear from those of you whose questions and criticisms showed that you take seriously your obligation to be informed so you can be a more effective citizen in our democracy. I only wish there had been more such critics, those I came to think of as ”citizen readers.” And while you often deserved more breadth and vision than I had to offer, please know that I have given the job my all — for you and for the craft that I love.

Calame embodied what I believe the attitude and function of a Public Editor should be. He leaves big shoes to fill.

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    Nice kudo. This public editor's farewell (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Wed May 09, 2007 at 12:43:03 PM EST
    was fascinating:  how responsive and cooperative the reporters were to addressing inquiries the readers sent to the public editor, and, especiallyh, how the The TImes is trying to adapt to the "everybody gets their news off the Internet" culture.

    Clark Hoyt... "no crime in Plame case" (none / 0) (#2)
    by leoncarre on Wed May 09, 2007 at 09:39:05 PM EST
    I found this somewhat alarming, from the new public editor of the New York Times, Clark Hoyt

    WWD: Until recently, the Justice Department was by and large hands off about reporters and their sources. Now, it appears all bets are off. How do you think this will affect investigative reporting?
    C.H.: I think it's a serious problem and I believe in a federal shield law.
    WWD: Should this law shield people who may be commiting a crime by divulging a CIA officer's identity to a reporter from The New York Times?
    C.H.: Well, no underlying crime has ever been established [in the Valerie Plame case], and no one has ever been charged. But there's a serious question as to whether Judith Miller couldn't have avoided jail by working out the same arrangement that was reportedly offered to her and that other journalists in Washington accepted.
    Women's Wear Daily Interview With Clark Hoyt, Tuesday, May 8, 2007

    link to full interview (none / 0) (#3)
    by leoncarre on Wed May 09, 2007 at 09:45:42 PM EST