For good or ill
February 28 2003 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

For good or ill | Friday, Feb. 28, 2003

Friday, Feb. 28, 2003

For good or ill

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

As I travel the state and chat with our many readers of the print version of the Recorder, I occasionally run across someone who doesn't realize that I'm responsible for the larger editorial that appears without a byline on the same page as my "Intrigued" column. Someone recently commented on an editorial by saying, "not your column, but the other one - I'm not sure who wrote it."

I wrote it.

It is fairly common for larger daily newspapers to have an editorial staff that produces a column of one or more unsigned editorials, and the reader can never be sure exactly who wrote what.

Perhaps that's why some readers, seeing an editorial piece with no name on it, might assume that someone else on our staff could have composed it.

Not likely.

Our editorial committee's meetings are always short and sweet because there's only one person on the committee. It may take quite a while to decide what I want to say and how to say it, but whatever comes out, for good or ill, originates at my keyboard.

So, whatever credit or blame is due for the larger column falls to the same guy who's picture is on the shorter, more personal column to the left on page 2 of our print edition.

I'm not looking for extra credit and certainly don't seek out added heat, but I thought a word of clarity might be helpful.

When we run guest columns, which usually appear on page 3, we provide a byline and often an editor's note to identify the writer, just as we identify those who write the letters printed in our "Tar Heel Voices" section.

To avoid future ambiguity, I've decided to start adding my initials (TWC) at the end of the larger editorials in our print version.

I just hope nobody thinks we download them from Time Warner Cable.

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2/28/2003 12:00:00 AM by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor | with 0 comments
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