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February 01, 2007

WSJ streams editorial meeting

Stephen Baker

I just witnessed my first meeting of Wall Street Journal's editorial page staff.( ex Mathew Ingram. Click the Opinion tab.) It's worth six minutes, if you have it. Give the Journal credit for openness: For about a minute, the staff ridicules the latest Iraq coverage in The New York Times. Later, in the part I liked best, Paul Gigot discusses the 55-inch article that dominated their page that day by Fouad Ajami. His colleagues nod respectfully. Then Gigot asks if anyone has read it yet. Heads shake. Um, not yet.

I've been in that uncomfortable position myself, where an article I should have read feeds a discussion at a meeting. I've sat there hoping, praying--my face surely growing redder by the second--that no top editor will ask me if I've read it. The idea that that awkward moment would be put up on the Internet is mortifying.

Question: Would you be interested in seeing BusinessWeek's editorial meetings? I have no say in these matters, but would be interested in your thoughts.

09:10 AM

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I think it is a bold - perhaps risky idea. However, it is definitely interesting for those of use who work with the media to be a "fly on the wall" at editorial meetings and gain exposure into the real world of running a renowned publication.

Posted by: Melissa at February 1, 2007 10:09 AM

YES, shouts the PR guy. :)

Posted by: Mike at February 1, 2007 10:48 AM

Yes, I'd be interested, I find the behind the scenes discussions generally enlightening. Currently, I'd like to see the discussion about the Boston cartoon incident. From what I've seen published (MSM) it's been pretty straight, let the officials control the tone whereas what I read online and in blog comments, the tone is that the authorities (bombsquad, mayor, etc.) are idiots and pulled an Orson Wells War of the Worlds panic.

Posted by: PXLated at February 1, 2007 11:20 AM

I would be very interested.

Posted by: v at February 1, 2007 11:21 AM

Add another vote from the PR Camp

Posted by: Nathan B at February 2, 2007 10:02 AM

I approve add me as well.

Posted by: Maker Money at February 4, 2007 09:45 PM


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