Help the New York Times pick its next public editor.

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March 29 2007 10:54 AM

The Next Times Public Editor

Help the New York Times pick Barney Calame's replacement.

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Joshua Micah Marshall: One of Web journalism's stars, Marshall is the best reader of the bunch. Armed with an X-acto knife, he cuts promising shoots out of banal daily newspaper stories, transplants them into a hydroponic bed at Talking Points Memo headquarters in New York City, and cultivates them into scoops. (See his work on Trent Lott and the U.S. attorney firing story.) Don't hold his Ph.D. against him. Big question: Marshall can do greater damage to the New York Times from outside its walls than from inside, so what's his motivation?



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Correction, March 29, 2007: The original version of this article mistakenly said that the term of public editor is 18 months. The first public editor did serve 18 months; the second, two years. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

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