New NY Times Public Editor Discusses Role

"I never figured this job as a friend maker."

Elizabeth Spayd is taking over as The New York Times’ public editor early next month. That means she’s had plenty of time to think about which topics she wants to tackle. In a short interview with Politico, Spayd gave her take.

Spayd, who joins from Columbia Journalism Review, said her biggest priority when she takes the reins from Margaret Sullivan is the “Digital transformation at the Times and the myriad challenges it brings up.”

Spayd also joked that she had hired two staffers — “a food taster and a body guard,” noting that “I never figured this job as a friend maker.”

We like this attitude. It will be needed when Spayd starts criticizing the nation’s best newspaper from inside the paper itself.