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‘Poor’ Reporting at ‘The New York Times’—But That’s a Good Thing!

The New York Times building

(AP/Mark Lennihan)

We’ve lauded the tireless New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan—tirelessly—but it now seems that there’s another example of how her work has resulted in a truly important shift at the paper (though she won’t say so directly) .

Last June she wrote that the Times produces high-quality reporting on poverty—but far too little of it. Now she observes that there has been a lot more lately, including Wednesday’s haunting portrait on how many kids go hungry in New York (even at Thanksgiving). Much of this, of course, is related to devlish cuts in money for food stamps, post-stimulus.

And she notes, looking ahead:

The Times has other changes in mind. For example, the reporter Rachel Swarns on Monday will begin a weekly column, “The Working Life,” exploring “the experience of working—or not working—in New York,” Mr. Jamieson said. And Michael Powell’s “Gotham” column will change to twice from once a week to help highlight some of the experiences of lower-income New Yorkers.

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Prediction: Though awards may be largely trumped-up and meaningless, I think Sullivan will be a Pulitzer finalist if not winner next April.

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