Sam Sifton: ‘I Would Be Crazy to Say That I Know Exactly What I’m Doing’

Sam Sifton, the New York Times’ new National Editor, understands that he has a lot to learn. He tells Adweek today that the move from restaurant critic fills him “with a pleasant terror about the unknown,” which is an interesting way to describe the situation. He also says that he still has reviews to get to, in case you were feeling sad about him leaving his post. Some other thoughts from Sifton:

On anxiety:
“I would be crazy to say that I know exactly what I’m doing, and exactly what I’m going to do. I don’t. I’m filled with a pleasant terror about the unknown, about what’s going to happen — a pleasant terror that, I think, is similar to the one reporters and editors and journalists feel every day about what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

On his place within the Times:
“It’s Jill’s newspaper, and [managing editor] Dean [Baquet’s] newspaper, and I’m here to do their bidding.”

On who will be his replacement:
“That’s not my job.”

Publish date: September 19, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT