"Reporting the News Even When a Competitor Gets There First" - Byron Calame - The New York Times

"Reporting the News Even When a Competitor Gets There First" - Byron Calame - The New York Times

by: Byron Calame | publication date: March 11, 2007 | Publication: The New York Times | pages: A14

"Excessive pride, I believe, is the fundamental problem. The desire to be first with the news still permeates the newsroom at The Times and other newspapers in a way that makes editors and reporters feel defeated when they have to conclude that the information in another publication’s exclusive article is so newsworthy that it has to be pursued. I can testify from my own time in a newsroom that keeping the needs of readers first in such situations can be difficult."

Written by The New York Time's public editor, this article explores why the paper was silent about Walter Reed for more than a week after The Washington Post broke the story.

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