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September 1, 2004
Dropping By The New York Sun

After making my sale to the New York Sun a week or so ago -- my first outright sale as a writer -- the editor with whom I worked encouraged me to drop by their offices while I was in New York for the convention. I had a couple of hours this morning (which is why I had no posts earlier) and stopped by their offices on Chambers.

I suppose I had an image in my mind of a newsroom; an open area with simple desks piled high with papers, people scurrying around in order to stay on top of the news, phones ringing off the hook, and an editor in the office riding herd on it all. I realize that's a movie cliche, but in this case, it also happened to be the truth.

After initially being greeted by Mark Tumin, he introduced me to a few other people in the office and thanked me for visiting. We had a little bit of paperwork left over from the earlier transaction, and I didn't want to impose myself on their busy schedules, since I hadn't called ahead first. To my surprise, Mark insisted on introducing me to Ira Stoll, the managing editor of the Sun and a writer I had long read and admired.

Ira and I (er, I hope I can call him Ira) talked for most of an hour about blogging, reporting, my work and background, and the Sun. If you don't know or recall, Ira first broke out on the Internet by starting the website, a watchdog site that combated the bias in the New York Times. He had written for publications like the Wall Street Journal, and I read his work on Like Mark, Ira encouraged me to continue my work and to let them know when I had some original reporting that might interest them. They also intend on following Captain's Quarters to keep checking on me.

And if you haven't subscribed to the Sun, you should consider doing so. It's well written and contains reporting you won't get elsewhere -- unless it's on my blog, of course...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 1, 2004 2:04 PM

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