We’re at bit late to this, but it looks like New York Magazine’s blog Daily Intel has finally capitulated to the byline. Up until August, when the change took place, Daily Intel posts by staff bloggers (contributors were always name-checked) remained unsigned — a source of frustration for regular readers (us, for example), particularly in this age of the commentariat, where the reader tends to identify with the writer as much as the writing. Daily Intel has been a bit of a hold out in this sense, — Gawker started bylining in March of ’07, and as the MSM increasing encroaches on the online world non-bylined entries have become a thing of the past. We asked nymag.com’s managing editor Jessica Coen about the change:
We added bylines to those other posts to make it clear who had written them.
Now a reader or commenter might directly address the author of a post rather than some vague editorial identity, but it doesn’t change how any of us approach an item. We’re as openly precocious as we’ve always been.