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New York Times' "byline beast"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by 85bears, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. 85bears

    85bears Member

  2. SCEditor

    SCEditor Active Member

    When it comes to bylines, I got this guy beat. I doubt there's anybody who's going to catch me.
  3. franticscribe

    franticscribe Well-Known Member

    422 bylines in a year may be a lot for the New York Times, but I would venture it's fairly pedestrian compared to much smaller newspapers.

    Anybody who has been in a two byline a day shop would've hit 500 a year even if they took two weeks off.
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I used to put a byline count in reviews. 360 was average for a sport writer. Had guys routinely with over 500 bylines in a year and they weren't mostly metro briefs.

    650 may have been the top.
  5. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    That guy is an effin stud.
  6. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Anybody remember reading a story by this guy and checking the byline to see who did such great work? I'm a Times subscriber and I didn't.
  7. OneMoreRead

    OneMoreRead Member

    This is a rough estimate, so don't jump on me too much. But there's roughly 25 weeks in the NFL season, from training camp until the end of December. Most NFL beat writers at papers without two people on the same beat have to work at least six days a week. At my paper, our beat guy does a story, sider and note everyday during the season.

    Look at the math: 25 weeks X 6 days a week = 150 days; 150 days X three bylines a day = 450 bylines in about six months.

    You can go more conservative and say a story and notes every day, and that beat reporter is still turning in 300 bylines in a half year.

    Mr. Chan is doing a good job. Put him on a big league beat and he'll start doing some real work.
  8. SCEditor

    SCEditor Active Member

    Granted I'm at a different kind of newspaper than most, I'd venture I produce more than 1,000 bylines per year. Maybe even closer to 1,500.
  9. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    422? I'm not impressed. How many message board posts does he have?
  10. flaming_mo

    flaming_mo Guest

    This dude seems like he'd be a real blast to work with. (/sarcasm).
  11. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    This is an awfully long story about a young reporter doing what he's supposed to do -- report -- and, as noted, he's probably far short in byline count of a lot of people who post here -- and those they work with.
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