By: Gabrielle Martinez
New York Times Metro Editor, Mr. Wendell Jamieson came to Murrow mid-November to discuss his job as well as his newspaper’s coverage of this historic election.
But what got students really interested was when Mr. Jamieson spoke about what the Times could’ve done better when covering the election, especially an Upshot Poll that said Hillary Clinton had an 85 percent chance of winning just one day before the election.
“(The) polling calculation was clearly flawed,” said Mr. Jamieson. “Our political coverage of the campaign… was very focused on behind the scene and, the personalities.”
He believed that the way the Times covered the race was correct. However he believed that the Times’ coverage failed to connect to the people.
“We covered the anxiety of America,” said Mr. Jamieson, “but we really didn’t connect anger and fear to how it was going to play out.”
Seeing as how Donald Trump won the election with 58 more electoral votes than Clinton, many Times’ readers were surprised to see that there was a major overestimation by the Times on who would be the next president.
“We will need to stop getting involved in predicting poll journalism business,” he said. “Much less of telling the readers of what we think is going to happen.”
Given the campaign rhetoric, Mr. Jamieson said that personally he was shocked by the results but as an editor that doesn’t change the way they will cover the next president.
“He is a total outsider (and a) neophyte as far as politics,” said Mr. Jamieson. “…This is going to be a great challenge for us but also a great opportunity for the media to kinda get on track a little bit.”
Journalism student Yosef Ibrahim said it’s great having Mr. Jamieson speak.
“I think it was interesting to get insight on the election,” he said.
In addition, Mr. Jamieson, who graduated Murrow in 1984, spoke about his journey to the New York Times. He graduated Boston University and worked for the Jersey Journal, New York Newsday and eventually the New York Times.
He was the editor on a Pulitzer-Prize winning series that profiled the victims of the 9/11 attacks. He also said that he has the best job in the world because he gets to cover the best city in the world – New York City.
“It’s a great way to pursue things you’re interested in (and) a great way to get places,” said Mr. Jamieson.