This is a test post, using my new Treo 650 for Cingular.
L.A. Times Sunday Opinion editor Bob Sipchen spoke with me recently about the newspaper’s admirable “Outside the Tent” feature, in which the L.A. Times provides space for its critics to take their best shot at the newspaper — as long as they abide by certain guidelines. (As some of you are aware, I contributed to this feature a couple of weeks ago.) I’d like to thank Sipchen for being willing to speak on the record about this feature. I think you’ll find his comments interesting and revealing.
A quick note about the structure of the interview: I have split this interview into three shorter posts, all of which I have posted at the same time. Part One (this post) relates specifically to the “Outside the Tent” feature. Part Two is a broader discussion of objectivity and transparency in journalism. Part Three is Sipchen’s e-mail to me in reaction to the interview (he says I “got it right” but has a couple of clarifications).
This is Part Two of my interview with L.A. Times Sunday Opinion editor Bob Sipchen. (Part One was about the “Outside the Tent” feature.) In this part of the interview, Sipchen and I discussed objectivity and transparency in journalism.
In two previous entries, I posted an interview with L.A. Times Sunday Opinion editor Bob Sipchen. Part One is about the “Outside the Tent” feature. Part Two discusses objectivity and transparency in journalism.
I showed the interview to Sipchen before publishing it, to allow him the opportunity to object to any statements or quotations that he believed to be inaccurate. He indicated to me that he has no such objections, and that I “got it right.”
He did ask me to clarify two or three things, where he was afraid that people might get the wrong impression based on things he had said. Rather than try to summarize his clarifications, I’ll simply reproduce his entire e-mail below, in the extended entry portion of this post. (I encourage readers to read the interview before reading Sipchen’s reaction.)