Last month I attended the annual Bart Richards Award ceremony at the National Press Club. The College of Communications at Penn State presents the award annually for media criticism. I had intended to blog about it sooner, but I lost my notes. I haven’t found them yet, but I figured waiting to find them could be a fruitless enterprise.
In the series of six columns Calame submitted for the award, he examined specific issues with reporting and stories that appeared in the Times. Among his submissions was a Jan. 1, 2006, column that reported that Times executive editor Bill Keller and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. refused to respond to Calame’s questions regarding the content and timing of a Dec. 16, 2005, article about an eavesdropping conducted by the National Security Agency. His columns touched on a variety of topics as he focused on how Times reporters and editors did their jobs.
Prior to his time as The Times public editor, Calame retired as deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. Following his speech, I was surprised that no one mentioned the “elephant in the room” that is Rupert Murdoch’s bid for the Journal during the Q&A session. I was able to speak with him for a couple of minutes and naturally I asked him for an opinion. Calame politely indicated he did not favor Murdoch purchasing the paper.
I will try and find my notes from Calame’s remarks and blog about them another time.