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NYT Public Editor Makes News in Buffalo

MargaretSullivanHeadshotThere’s some nice history coursing through this report about a talk Margaret Sullivan gave last night in Buffalo. The locale of the event, the Larkin Filling Station, was built in 1930 as part of the first-ever chain of service gas stations. And the article about what transpired appears in The Spectrum, a University of Buffalo student paper launched in 1950.

Managing editor Sara Dinatale notes that this was Sullivan’s first public return to the “Queen City” since leaving the post of executive editor of the Buffalo News for the New York Times. She retraces, briefly, a remarkable local ascension and then gets to various bits of nitty gritty:

Sullivan recalled something one of the The Times’ managing editors told her about “imposter syndrome.” It’s the idea that no one at the Times feels like they deserve to work there, so they all work hard to prove they’re worthy of their positions. It creates a competitive environment…

Sullivan felt her transition went well. The reason? “The experience I had here in Buffalo,” she said… “The truth is, journalism is journalism wherever it is,” she added.

Dinatale goes with that quote for her headline and starts things off with some breezy lede paragraphs. It will be interesting to see where she is writing 31 years from now.

[Photo courtesy New York Times]

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