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Monday, June 06, 2005

times public editor #2

A striking difference, already, between outgoing Times Public Editor Daniel Okrent and incoming Byron Calame. Calame's first column already sounds completely different in tone and approach than Okrent. Okrent's tenure at The Times was odd because his columns were so uneven. Weird flashes of really really interesting dissections of the meat of what it means to be a journalist, from someone who really isn't one. Calame is—or was—and already he is stating what he's going to do in this very straightforward, parallel constructive kind of way. But I am interested in his view that "transparency" will be one of his goals.