In an interview with the New York Times’ public editor Liz Spayd, Times executive editor Dean Baquet went deep on the paper’s future. Below are some highlights from the exchange.
On editing the Times:
Trying to edit The Times the way we edited it in a purely print era is unreasonable. The layers of editing, the number of people who touch a story. The fact is that we now write so much more. Right now, as we talk, there’s a hearing on Russian hacking. I’ve been in meetings all day, but we’ve probably written 10 posts. All of those posts, and the large print stories done at the end of the day, cannot be edited in the same way. The challenge is how to still be fast and give people a story in a form that is accurate. But it’s hard. If we succeed, readers won’t notice most of these editing changes.
On any upcoming buyouts and/or newsroom cuts:
We will have a smaller newsroom but I don’t know what that means yet because there’s so many factors.
On the Times being biased against Trump:
I do not believe that opinion has seeped into the pages of The New York Times. I think some who think that do so because of my decision to use the word “lie” [in stories that refer to Trump’s bolder falsehoods]. Some of it is, to be frank, because some of our competitors have accused us of that and I think that resonates with people. I really don’t buy it and we work really, really hard to not do it.