Fleet Street Blues has noted that the re-designed New York Times Magazine, first published yesterday, includes editors’ bylines. Will the idea, already used by Reuters and Bloomberg in the form of an end credit on wire stories, catch on? Fleet Street Blues thinks not.
We like the idea in principle – given that editors have at least as much say as a reporter in the top line of an article, and indeed whether it appears at all, why not put their name against it as well?
But somehow, it’s not an innovation we can see catching on. Given the current trend for ‘Daily Mail Reporter’ bylines, or the fine work of Oliver Clive and Austin Peters over at the Telegraph, accountability may not be Fleet Street’s strong suit.