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New York Times Public Editor Weighs In On LAT Pulitzer Successes

Over the weekend, New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane gave the LA Times some mildly-belated props for its recent Pulitzer success. In light of the LAT‘ Pulitzer triumphs, Brisbane also called his own paper’s recent story on the supposed decline of the LAT into account.

Taken together, The Los Angeles Times’s work was in the best journalistic tradition of rooting out hard-to-get stories in places that might otherwise be ignored — coverage, in the immortal adage, that comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.

On top of that, the paper has now won six public service medals, breaking a three-way tie with The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The New York Times.

The timing of the achievement was interesting given how The Los Angeles Times was portrayed in The New York Times’s article on Jan. 23 — as a newspaper in steep decline with its audience turning away, and indeed the city itself on the bum. When I discussed complaints about that article with New York Times staffers, I was told it wasn’t intended to derogate the other paper but merely to point out that its readers were losing heart. The article did give credit for the Bell coverage, to be fair, but I thought it painted an unflattering picture of general decay.

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Confusion Reigns Over The New York Times Paywall

Last week a few media writers got excited about Bill Keller saying that the New York Times paywall will be going up soon. FishbowlNY didn’t report on it because “soon” doesn’t really mean much when you think about it, and now it seems we were right in holding back.

Arthur Brisbane, the Public Editor for the Times says that even the Times doesn’t know what it’s doing about its paywall. In his column asking why the paper hasn’t covered the launch of the paywall more thoroughly, Brisbane gets this gem of a quote from Media Editor Bruce Headlam:

We haven’t been writing much about the proposed Times paywall because, frankly, there hasn’t been much to report. We still don’t know exactly when the paywall is going up, how much it will cost readers or how many free hits readers will get before hitting the wall. Those are the critical questions we want answered — and believe me, we have asked.

Looks like we all need just a little more patience (yeaaahhhh) when dealing with the paywall issue.

NYT Public Editor Comments On His Paper’s Untimely LA Times Bashing

Earlier this week, LA Times editor Geoffrey Mohan voiced the opinion of much of the LA media world, when he wrote a letter to the New York Times, calling their recent piece on the LA Times’ struggles, “a dagger in the backs of good journalists who have survived a withering battle and managed to hang on to our ideals, quality and integrity.”

That salvo wasn’t likely to go unanswered. New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane got back to Mohan yesterday in an email. Romenesko posted the missive in its entirety. We’ll cut to the good stuff:

For my part, I can appreciate why some readers felt this story was unfair. The distinction made by the editor — that the story was more about readers’ perception of the LA Times as distinct from the LA Times journalistic performance — was largely lost on me. I read it as a critique of the paper, and so did many others. I think this impression was reinforced by quotes in the story from John Carroll, a former editor, who seemed to pine for the days when the paper had massive zoning operations, the loss of which one might reasonably view as a reduction in quality of coverage.

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