New York Times executive editor Bill Keller has announced two new changes atop the editorial staff at the paper, starting with the announcement yesterday that Deputy News Editor Phil Corbett will be taking on the role of associate managing editor for standards next month after Craig Whitney retires.
“In that role, Phil will become the newsroom’s voice for all standards and ethics questions relating to content and news coverage, both in the printed newspaper and on the Web,” Keller said in a memo to staff. “This includes responsibility — along with Greg Brock — for dealing with corrections and editors’ notes, as well as questions from the Public Editor. He will also be the teller’s window for vetting conflict of interest and other policy rules outlined in the handbook on Ethical Journalism.”
Then today, Keller announced to the Times staff that Deputy Managing Editor Jonathan Landman (right) would be taking over the culture editor role vacated by Sam Sifton last month when he was picked to take up Frank Bruni‘s restaurant critic beat.
Keller called Landman’s selection a “no-brainer,” and noted that as he steps away from his role overseeing the Times‘s digital newsroom, the paper’s other leaders (including Keller himself) will have to focus more heavily on the Web:
“In proposing this change, Jon made a strong case that, in the next stage of integration, the support and promotion of this new kind of journalism must become more fully the responsibility of the newsroom’s top leadership — me, [managing editor Jill Abramson] and [managing editor John Geddes]. He reminded me that in the original proposal for an integrated newsroom — May, 2005 — I insisted that it is not enough to create new advocates for Web journalism within the NYT newsroom; the newsroom would be truly integrated only when the top editors took as much responsibility for our digital journalism as they do for the more traditional kind. We’ve stopped a little short of that ambition, in large part because we had Jon to defer to and depend on. We’ll have more to say on this important subject, but the main thing to say now is that Jill and I, in particular, see this as time to rearrange our priorities and devote more of our bandwidth to digital journalism.”
Said Landman in an announcement about his move today:
“It’s time for the newsroom to take the next step toward full integration, to put management of Web journalism and print in the same hands. That’s how we’ll be able to do the ambitious work we want to do.”
Read more of Keller’s memos about both Corbett and Landman here.
After the jump, the press release from the Times today announcing Landman’s appointment.
(Photo courtesy of The New York Times)