NYT executive editor Dean Baquet fills UC Ballroom for lecture

Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York TimesThe UC Ballroom was packed with students, faculty and community members for the journalism school's 58th Annual Dean Stone Lecture on April 16.

Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, discussed the steps his paper has taken to adapt to the new and ever-changing technologies of the modern era in his talk titled, "Quality Journalism in the Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities."

“Roughly half of our traffic comes from people who use their phones,” he said. “How can we not experiment with different ways of telling stories?”

Baquet said the Times is open to every new technology that comes along as long as it allows them to continue telling the biggest and most important stories.

“This is a revolution that has a happy ending for us and for the world,” he said.

Following his lecture, Baquet took several questions from the audience.

Prior to being named executive editor of the Times in May 2014, Baquet was the managing editor. He has also served as metro reporter, Washington bureau chief, national editor and metro editor at the paper.

Before coming to the Times, Baquet worked at the Los Angeles Times as managing editor and at the Chicago Tribune, where he covered corruption in politics and the garbage-hauling industry.

In March 1988, Baquet received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting after exposing corruption in the Chicago City Council.

The lecture is named in honor of Arthur Stone, the first dean of the journalism school. Each year the school brings a nationally-renowned journalist to campus to meet with students and deliver a lecture to the Missoula community.  

- posted on 04/17/15 -