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Letter sent on Jan 11, 2017

3 to read: Behind the scenes covering Trump | NYT’s Baquet on future | Revitalizing editorials

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

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  1. Behind the scenes covering Trump: David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post wrote a string of blockbuster stories on Trump — everything from the president-elect’s non-donations to charities to the “locker room” tape. Now Fahrenthold writes a behind-the-scenes account of his year in the story spotlight — it’s insightful, fascinating and funny. A great read.

2. NYT’s Baquet on plans, social media & covering Trump: An interesting, wide-ranging interview with the Dean Baquet, the New York Times’ executive editor. Speaking with public editor Liz Spayd, he talks about everything from how the Times plans to experiment with new storytelling techniques, to covering news with a smaller staff, and how much opinion seeps in the pages of the paper. Given how moves made by the Times influence other newsrooms, it’s worth a read.

3. How to revitalize editorials: What happened to influential editorials? They’ve fizzled like firecrackers in a thunderstorm. Will Bunch, a Daily News columnist in Philly, has some ideas on what should be done, like don’t aim editorials at pols. They ignore them, so what’s the point? Rather, use them to fire up your readers. Some thoughts on how to breath life into a page that is mostly ignored.

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

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