The Early Bird Gets the Story … Right-ish

metrologo.jpgNew York dailies had it bad this morning: The New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, and Newsday all had the wrong miner story on the front page. amNewYork‘s front page avoided the story entirely. But of all papers, Metro New York got the story perhaps not exactly right, but at least not jarringly wrong. The cover (sadly, no longer online) said: “‘Praying for the best’/Hopes dim for 12 others as body of trapped miner is found”

Does a smaller paper allow for more deadline flexibility? Does the free paper mean you can start distributing later? Neither, Metro editor-in-chief Mark Moore told FishbowlNY.

“We have a 10:30 deadline, so we had to go with the news at 10:30,” Moore said. But when TV news reported that the miners were alive, Moore and his news editor, Maggie Samways, had to have another conversation.

“One of the things we talked about was that there were no official sources. The family members were saying they were alive, but we were skeptical. There was a sense that we weren’t sure what was happening. And we want to make sure that we’re right. We don’t sell newspapers on the street. We want to develop a loyal following among our readers,” Moore said.