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

Byline: Byron Calame; 2007-03-11; The New York Times; pages A14

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"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."

Description: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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