NY Times reporters to answer questions live on Quora


Most of the time, reporters are the ones asking the questions. But tomorrow (Tuesday, July 19), and then again for the following two Tuesdays, three journalists from The New York Times will answer questions live on question-and-answer site Quora.

First on the list is Diana B. Henriques, a “dogged investigator and graceful writer,” as described by Jim Schachter, who is tasked with promoting “innovative ideas at The New York Times,” and announced the Q&A sessions on Quora. Henriques is also the author of The Wizard of Lies, an “eye-opening” book about the Bernie Madoff scandal.

Next up is Gretchen Morgenson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Sunday Business section, and best-selling author of Reckless Engagement, a non-fiction title about the environment that helped foster the still-going financial crisis.

Last up is the Times‘ Deputy National Editor, Adam Bryant — who, Schachter points out, is a Canadian, which enables him to “be objective on the subject of the United States.” Bryant is also the former Deputy Business Editor, and (you guessed it) author of The Corner Office, a book based on his Sunday Business column that features “insights” from CEOs about corporate leadership.

The questions will reportedly center around each journalist’s area of expertise. The questions will begin tomorrow at 3pm EST, and run for about an hour.

Even if you don’t have any questions to ask, plenty of others surely will. And because of Quora’s real-time commenting system, any user can benefit from the online discussion by simply watching the thread unfold.

To us, this seems like the perfect type of forum for Quora, which could benefit from a more dynamic feel. (That’s not to say it’s not great already — it is. But the real-time aspect certainly makes things more exciting.)

If you don’t already have a Quora login, go here to connect with either Facebook or Twitter.


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