OK. So it’s a little bit embarrassing that the Washington Post got this news about us before we thought to put it out ourselves. But, then, those guys get lots of scoops.
— Salt Lake Tribune drops New York Times columnists — Erik Wemple | The Washington Post
"Careful readers of the Salt Lake Tribune may notice something missing from the paper’s op-ed section starting this week: columnists from the New York Times.
"According to deputy editor and editorial page editor Tim Fitzpatrick, the Salt Lake Tribune would run about three pieces from the name-brand New York Times columnists each week. That content, however, came at a cost of more than $40,000 per year in a deal with the New York Times News Service. ...
" ... As with all agonizing decisions in the world of newspaper shrinkage, this one came after consideration of a tradeoff. It came down to keeping the New York Times News Service or keeping a local news staffer. ‘It’s a decision I respect because local is more important,’ says Fitzpatrick, who notes that original reporting on local news fetches more page views than, say, a [Paul] Krugman column hosted on the New York Times sites and elsewhere. ..."
The New York Times columnists often carried in the Tribune have been economics specialist (and Nobel winner) Paul Krugman, globetrotters Nick Kristof and Thomas Friedman and political observers Gail Collins and Maureen Dowd.
The Tribune op-ed pages will continue to carry columns from the Washington Post stable — George Will, Dana Milbank, E.J. Dionne, Eugene Robinson, Charles Krauthammer, Kathleen Parker — from Bloomberg View, from Slate and separately syndicated writers including Leonard Pitts and Rich Lowry.
And, of course, columns by and for the folks of Utah.
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