The New York Times is considering
eliminating or at least revising the job of public editor. Byron Calame's term in that role ends in May, and that may be the end. Here's what Managing Editor Bill Keller says:
Some of my colleagues believe the greater accessibility afforded by features like ‘Talk to the Newsroom’ has diminished the need for an autonomous ombudsman or at least has opened the way for a somewhat different definition of the job.
That idea doesn't sit well
with the likes of Rachel Sklar at The Huffington Post. I agree with her that public editors are useful, and I would like to see more of them with specific experience in copy editing since many reader complaints are about headlines, cutlines and other content originated by the desk.