I second that motion
: Jay Rosen writes to praise Dan Okrent not only for the way he did his job but for the way he created the job of public editor at The New York Times. I second everything he says.
Dan did more than change The Times, he changed journalism. He reversed the flow in the pipe and showed the good journalism that can come from conversation.
What made him different from other ombudsman was that he did not just try to represent or explain or slap the paper; he made the public an equal in the conversation and he pushed both sides to do better.
His will be a tough act to follow.
Read Jay’s tribute.
(Dan and I were colleagues and pals at Time Inc. and afterwards.)