New York Times offers buyouts to newsroom employees

New York Times offers buyouts to newsroom employees

New York Times offers buyouts to newsroom employees

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times is ditching its public editor position, created in 2003 as the paper sought to restore its credibility with readers after a plagiarism scandal. Reporters and editors often felt unfairly attacked in public by their own paper, while readers found it to be a useful resort to address questions about press bias, preferred narratives and other issues of growing importance in a divided and furiously evolving media culture.

Liz Spayd, the current public editor, will leave the paper on Friday, according to the memo from Sulzberger.

According to Huffington Post's Michael Calderone, the Times is eliminating the public editor position.

It is not uncommon for the public editor to have a fraught relationship with Times journalists, but the criticism aimed at Spayd ran in contrast to the reception for her predecessor, Margaret Sullivan, now a columnist at the Washington Post. But Spayd had been regularly criticized herself since taking over the position in 2016. "Our responsibility is to empower all of those watchdogs, and to listen to them, rather than to channel their voice through a single office".

The Times' publisher argued that the public editor's job can no longer be confined to one office and must be taken on by the entire staff-along with vigilant readers.

The position of public editor or ombudsman serves as a newspaper's in-house watchdog for inaccuracies and bias, but it has been getting phased out nationwide.

The New York daily has been facing the familiar problems of major newspapers - shifting to the less profitable online format as print readership declines. Spayd has frequently failed in her role. Soon, we will open up most of our articles to reader comments. For starters, how will the Reader Center respond to comments, tips, and tweets from trolls sending death threats? We also, of course, engage with readers around the globe on social media, where we have tens of millions of followers. We publish behind-the-scenes dispatches describing the reporting process and demystifying why we made certain journalistic decisions.

". It's also worth noting that we welcome thoughtful criticism from our peers at other news outlets", Sulzberger added. These remarkable advocates tirelessly fielded questions from readers all over the world and have held The Times to the highest standards of journalism. "We are up to the challenge", Sulzberger concludes.

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