An Editor’s Note in yesterday’s LAT announced far-ranging changes to come on the editorial page. The most interesting-sounding is the imminent introduction of what the Times calls ‘wikitorials’, interactive online pieces which readers will be able to amend or edit themselves. It’s like Editorials and Letters to the Editor crammed into one gooey treat!
Michael Kinsley shook up the editorial staff of The Los Angeles Times recently, transferring four of his eleven writers, letting one go, and outsourcing some editorials to freelancers.
But many on the newspaper’s staff knew what was coming because Mr. Kinsley, who was hired to oversee the newspaper’s editorial and opinion pages last spring, accidentally left a Power Point document describing his plans on a Xerox machine in their office in early May.
First of all, oops. Second, note that the New York Times just scooped the Los Angeles Times on a story about a Xerox machine located in the LA Times offices.