WEDNESDAY’S LINKS: ‘NYT’ Plans New Public Editor, Zell’s Debt-Heavy Tribune Plan, Kidnapped Afghan Journo

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, the New York Times has announced that it will have another Public Editor after Byron Calame vacates the post in May, analysts worry that Sam Zell’s bid for Tribune carries too much debt, and the fate of an Afghan journalist abducted by the Taliban is unknown.

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The New York Times will have a third public editor when Byron “Barney” Calame’s term ends in May, a Times spokeswoman confirmed, despite Times executive editor Bill Keller’s earlier acknowledgement to the New York Observer that the future of the position was in question. (Women’s Wear Daily)

If he’s successful in trumping a bid by fellow billionaires Ron Burkle and Eli Broad and a management proposed restructuring, Sam Zell will become the owner of a deteriorating debt-laden business that’s burdened by regulatory challenges, Wall Street analysts say. Zell’s bid in particular could saddle Tribune, owner of the Los Angeles Times, Long Island’s Newsday and the Chicago Cubs, with a huge debt load, analysts say. (New York Post)

Jack Shafer: Everybody embellishes and steals a little while telling our own stories, and some of us do it a lot. But trouble starts when an enhanced story makes its way into print and collides with the value system known as journalism, as the New York Times and humorist David Sedaris learned this month. (Slate)

“I should have followed Dean out the door,” said now-former Los Angeles times editorial page editor Andr?s Martinez. “I was nine-tenths of the way there.” (New York Observer)

As calls grow for his release, Afghan journalist Ajmal Naqshbandi’s whereabouts remain unknown, twenty-two days after he was kidnapped by the Taliban while working as a translator for a La Repubblica reporter in southern Afghanistan (CJR Daily)

A catfight at The New York Times Friday still has staffers in shock. The dustup between two female editors in the Styles department disrupted work on the Thursday and Sunday Styles sections as co-workers froze at the fracas. Fashion editor Anita LeClerc was the aggressor and her superior, deputy editor Mary Ann Giordano, the victim, sources say.. (New York Daily News)

On March 26, Sean Gannon began his first staff meeting as the New York Post’s business editor by talking about his resume. Considering that Mr. Gannon’s previous places of employment were Phillip Morris and Star magazine, he still had to convince the Post’s business staff that he has a nose for news (New York Observer)

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