Times' Baquet promises urgent action on innovation report

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Dean Baquet. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Fred R. Conrad)
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Newly minted New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet told staff in a memo Friday that he will "move with urgency" on the recommendations of an internal innovation report.

He called the report, which concluded that the Times has not done enough with the journalism it creates, "invigorating" and an "honest appraisal."

"It is very candid and was meant to be an honest investigation of where we are and need to be — and for that reason was never intended for wide circulation," Baquet said.

Buzzfeed published a copy of the report Thursday. Baquet included a draft in his email Friday.

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"It is smart and thoughtful both in questioning our traditions and suggesting how we can — and must — build on the many things we do so well," he told staff in the memo obtained by Capital.

He said that he and assistant managing editor Ian Fisher were already at work to implement many of the changes called for in the report.