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New York Times Overlooks Drama Freelancer Writing About Her Own Theatre

0317seagull.jpgFrom this Sunday’s New York Times Corrections:

A question-and-answer interview on March 2 in Arts & Leisure with the director and a cast member of the Classic Stage Company’s production of “The Seagull” was conducted by Rosemarie Tichler, a freelance writer who is on the board of directors of Classic Stage. She disclosed this fact in a note to the assigning editor, but it was overlooked in the editing process. Had The Times noticed her affiliation, it would have sought another interviewer for the article.

1. A stringer pitched an article on a theatre SHE WAS INVOLVED WITH to the New York Times.

2. Said stringer voluntarily disclosed her affiliation to the New York Times.

3. Her editor did not notice.

4. Her editor did not notice that the first link when you Google her name goes straight to a Tisch bio that plainly states she “is on the board of directors of the Classic Stage Company and is a Tony Nominator.”

5. The New York Times published the article nonetheless.

The original article can be read here.

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