Media and Democracy Project asks the New York Times to reinstate public editor position

With fascism knocking at the door, our major press institutions must set the standard for journalism ethics


At a time when journalistic integrity is needed more than ever, we are asking the New York Times to reinstate the position of Public Editor. 

When the position was eliminated, Margaret Sullivan, a former Public Editor at the Times, tweeted, “The one thing an ombuds or public editor can almost always do is hold feet to the fire, and get a real answer out of management. The role, by definition, is a burr under the saddle for the powers that be.” ...

The New York Times has over 10 million subscribers. By bringing back an independent Public Editor position they can uplift proper journalism ethics, reinvigorate meaningful, responsive communications with subscribers, and reset the news industry standard.

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