NYT names CJR's Spayd public editor

May 18, 2016

The New York Times has at last named its sixth public editor: Elizabeth Spayd (at right) of the Columbia Journalism Review will succeed Margaret Sullivan, who held that position until last month when she left for the Washington Post.

"Memo to @spaydL: Best of luck as next NYT public editor. Hang tough and bring your body armor,"  Sullivan recommends on Twitter.

Speaking of Twitter, there's one glaring difference between Sullivan and Spayd so far.

"Looks like @spaydl, the NYT's new public editor, has only tweeted 10 times in the last eight years," notes Fortune's Mathew Ingram.

"Sullivan raised expectations for NYT public editor to engage on social media. Question is how @spaydl will follow," observes Huffington Post media writer Michael Calderone, while sharing his article on the move.

"Or, you could deduce that @spaydl chooses her tweets carefully," shrugs Politico media critic Jack Shafer.

Sure, we'll go with that.

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