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Rosenthal Foresees More Web Use by 'NY Times' Edit Page

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Rosenthal Foresees More Web Use by 'NY Times' Edit Page

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Expect to see more use of The New York Times' Web site by the paper's editorial page when Andrew Rosenthal takes over as editorial page editor at the end of 2006. Rosenthal, who is currently deputy editorial page editor and slated to replace Editorial Page Editor Gail Collins, says the paper will have to expand even more on the Web in the future.

"The big change is the coming of the Internet, the arrival of the Internet and that is as much of a challenge for us as it is for the rest of the newspaper," said Rosenthal, 50, whose ascension to the top spot was announced today. "I'd like to be a little bit more reactive and quick to react to events online. We'd like to look at ways we can use our online opinion pages to start conversations."

Under Collins, who has served as editorial page editor since 2001, the page has already expanded heavily onto the Web with its first-ever online-only columnist and the implementation of TimesSelect, which requires readers to pay for access to the paper's columnists on the Web site.

Rosenthal, who has served as foreign editor, Washington editor and assistant managing editor/news, said some ideas could range from more blogs to links on the editorial page to other sites based on news events of the day. "It is inevitable," he said about the Web growth. "The news business is migrating away from ink on paper."

When asked if the editorial page would steer into new issues or away from some of its previous favorite topics, Rosenthal said he would continue to look at civil liberties and international issues related to torture and treatment of suspected terrorists. "The whole issue of people arrested on suspicion of being enemy combatants is not over," he said. "And Iraq will continue to be a big issue for us, but new ones will come up."

He stressed, however, that he would not spark a major upheaval in the general focus of the pages. "A lot of the positions that are reflected on the pages are from its tradition," he said.

Collins, 60, who plans to take a six-month book leave and return in July 2007 as an Op-Ed columnist, said she informed Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. of her decision to leave in late 2005 and asked if she could return as a columnist, a post she held for several years before leading the editorial page in 2001.

"I like a five-year cycle," said Collins, the paper's first woman editorial page editor and a veteran of Newsday and New York Daily News. …

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