NYT Editing Slashback: ‘William Jennings Bryant’ Edition

From our Get Me Rewrite! desk

As New York Times public editor Liz Spayd noted earlier this month, the paper’s “editing architecture”has traditionally employed multiple layers of editors, with most stories blue-penciled by three editors, “with up to six or more if the article is headed for home page prominence or A1.”

But, Spayd writes, “soon this conveyor will be replaced by a bespoke editing system built primarily around digital.”

Well, here’s the latest example of what bespoke has begot. (Others here and here.)

From Maureen Dowd’s column this past Sunday:

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Yeah, we know – Trump’s no William Jennings Bryan either.

(Fun fact to know and tell from Geoffrey Norman in The Weekly Standard: “It has been estimated that when [Bryan] was at the height of his powers, half the population of the United States had heard him speak.”)

The digital version of Dowd’s column, not surprisingly (bespoke, my heart!), gets it right and – to its credit – acknowledges the flub.

Correction: February 25, 2017
An earlier version of this column misspelled the name of a politician. He is William Jennings Bryan (not Bryant).

So is this the future for Times readers – a print edition that’s sort of a rough cut of the digital one?

Not very promising, is it?

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