Articles about "Bill Keller"

Marshall Project founder Neil Barsky tells Newsweek’s Zach Schonfeld how he hired Bill Keller away from The New York Times — “I literally, randomly emailed him” — and why he’s not concerned about criticism from Gawker:

Gawker!? I believe the fundamental underpinning of any news organization is excellence. The principles of journalism hasn’t changed; the technology has. The principles of journalism are transparency, fairness, thoroughness, intellectual honesty, and creativity. Bill embodies those goals.

Now, we’re going to have a big staff. We’re going to have web designers. We’re going to have IT professionals. We’re going to have social media editors. And we are going to be living in the world that exists, not the world that did exist. I don’t break the world down between old media and new media. I think any news organization has to live in the world we live in. That’s what Bill believes, and that’s what I believe.

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Former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller discusses the paper’s recent buyouts:

I hated to see Jon Landman leave the paper and I hated to see Joe Sexton leave the paper. … Landman and Sexton were the kind of people who could do just about anything. You feel that sense that your bench has lost a certain nimbleness, and I think [current Executive Editor] Jill [Abramson] would agree with that.

On the other hand, I think it made her job in some ways harder that she decided to focus it on non-Guild — more of the higher-end editors. But it was a shrewd thing to do, A. because we’d just been through a rough time with the Guild and it was a way of saying, “You’re not the only ones who are bearing the burden around here, and B. frankly because people who are higher up in the pyramid make more money. So you lose fewer people to hit your dollar target.

Jeff Bercovici, Forbes


WikiLeaks says it created fake Bill Keller column

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Imagine this sentence getting past a New York Times copy editor: "The ACLU has shown through its government FOIA requests of WikiLeaks published cables, pretending secrets are secret after they are public isn’t easy." Yet a piece about WikiLeaks purportedly by former Times executive editor Bill Keller clanging with such clunkers fooled "pretty much everybody," as a Gizmodo headline put it.

WikiLeaks tweeted Sunday that it had perpetrated the hoax piece. The fake was successful in part, Ed Pilkington writes in the Guardian, because "Visually, it was immaculate – replicating perfectly the typographic style of his column down to the author's photograph, tool kit and Times adverts." (more...)

Keller drops NYT Magazine column, will write for op-ed page

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Bill Keller says it was his decision to end the magazine column, which started in March with editor Hugo Lindgren’s redesign of the magazine. “The magazine column has been fun - and I’ve loved being part of Hugo’s relaunch - but op-ed has greater license to have opinions, and a day-before deadline,” Keller tells John Koblin. Lindgren says Keller's columns "were smart, well-written, fun to read.” What did he think of ">the criticism of Keller's pieces?

“If you have a columnist that everyone loves — what is that? Is there one of those in the world? I enjoyed some of the controversy that he kicked up.”

Koblin points out that of the 12 magazine columns Keller wrote, five had corrections (including one column that had two) -- a correction rate of 41.6 percent. (Jayson Blair’s annual correction rate at the Times ranged from 5 to 6.3 percent -- high enough to bring warnings to improve. Keller tells Koblin: “Thanks for noticing the corrections. I don’t think any of them undermined the point of the column, but every one made me wince. And I’ve gotten better with practice, so there’s probably hope for me.”


Keller: ‘There’s a misconception that I’m opposed to social media’
"Some of it comes from people who haven’t paid close attention to what I’ve said on the subject," says Bill Keller, "and some of it, I think, comes from people who know better but who have made a reputation for themselves by being digital evangelists and cyber-puritans, who treat any hint of skepticism as heresy."

My view of social media is that it is a set of tools, not a religion. Twitter and Facebook are brilliant tools, the journalistic uses of which are still being plumbed. They are great for disseminating interesting material. They are useful for gathering information, including from places that are inaccessible. They provide a kind of serendipity, a sense of discovery, that some people thought would be lost as print periodicals declined.

The New York Times executive editor also tells Anthony DeRosa:

* "In our newsroom, I’ve been an enthusiastic promoter of aggregation. I think readers come to us not just for our original reporting, but for our judgment."
* "I follow Twitter and pay attention to it, but I rarely Tweet because I have a rather large platform here, called The New York Times."
* "If I had to pick one challenge we met with lasting impact, it would be our successful adaptation to the digital world."

(Emma Gilbey Keller tweets that DeRosa's interview with her husband was "great.")

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With resignation planned, Keller felt ‘liberated’ in columns but staffers objected

Several New York Times staffers objected to Executive Editor Bill Keller's recent controversial columns about the media, which he wrote knowing he would shortly step down from his leadership post, according to reports. Keller wrote a magazine column in March questioning the value and journalistic practices of The Huffington Post specifically and aggregation in general. He later started a firestorm on Twitter by suggesting Twitter makes you stupid and followed it with a like-minded column. "I think it’s fair to say that knowing that I was going to be announcing that I was moving on made me feel just a little bit liberated in what I said in the column," Keller told Forbes' Jeff Bercovici. Some Times' staffers, however, were not pleased. Media writers and social media staffers complained to him that because he was writing as the top editor of the Times, his rants were making their jobs more difficult, reports Gabriel Sherman for New York Magazine:

‘How important is it for NYT to finally have its first female executive editor?’
Nat Ives asks that of Jill Abramson. "It's not important in the news report itself," says the Times' next executive editor. "It obviously is an important breakthrough, just from my inbox, that has made a lot of my women colleagues very happy. It's meaningful to them. But I've also gotten fantastic notes from my male colleagues." She's also asked what she learned during the months she took off to explore the paper's online side.
The more I submerged into the web newsroom, I was some combination of surprised or worried that Bill [Keller] and I were not really invested enough in the direction and news rhythm of our digital news report. As I read more and more early in the morning I felt like everyone else was playing to win the morning, and we weren't enough. Many sites, whether Politico or Bloomberg or another site, by like 6:30 in the morning were full of fresh stories. If breaking news had happened overnight, we covered it, but basically early in the morning we were an echo on the web of the six stories that were on the front of the print paper.

More reports on Bill Keller stepping down to write and Abramson becoming executive editor:
> Abramson briefly considered taking Nieman Foundation curator job
> Kurtz: The only surprise about Abramson's appointment was the timing
> Handoff to Abramson had been long predicted by NYT Kremlinologists
> Baquet: Abramson wasn't chosen because she’s a woman, but it’s still a big deal
> "I wanted to go because the place is in good shape," Keller tells Bercovici
> Folkenflik: "Abramson's ascension at the Times was seamless"
> Abramson says she doesn't want to be in a war with Huffington | Video
> Shafer: Her appointment to executive editorship "makes great sense"
> Inside reaction to appointment: No disappointment, no excitement
> Auletta: Abramson has a fervent belief in narrative non-fiction writing

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Keller: They don’t teach you crisis management in the mythical editors’ school
"It's been a fair amount of that -- every kind of crisis you can imagine, starting with a crisis of morale and credibility that I inherited, then going through one [m-----f-----] of a recession," Bill Keller tells Scott Raab. "It was pretty brutal, more brutal in the news business than in the average business."
Plus, there's a sort of existential question about the whole business model of news brought on by the digital revolution, and in tandem with that there's the question of how you adapt a newsroom of people who grew up doing print to the audience and opportunities of the Web. There's also reporter-in-danger crises, of which I've had a fair share. Then there's other stuff that I sometimes think of as an in loco parentis role. You have these people who work for you, but they're also people. They have families and people in their family get cancer and die, and there's a lot of being there for people. That was not something I had anticipated.

Keller talks about....
* His relationship with publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.: "[We've] developed a great deal of trust and mutual respect. ... As time goes on and I look around the country, I can't see another publisher on earth that I'd trade him for."
* Meeting Rupert Murdoch for the first time: "I couldn't understand a damn thing he was saying. A whole bunch of people were meeting and greeting, and he's got a very thick Australian accent and he kind of mumbles, and so we had about 15 minutes of incredibly awkward conversation."
* The Times being a Fox News punching bag: "There are commentators on Fox News who, if they didn't have The New York Times, would be selling exercise equipment on late-night TV."
* The "Page One" documentary: "I found it kind of boring. ...Then I realized that one reason I found it boring is that it seems very familiar."
* His worst moment on the job: "I remember getting the phone call one morning that David Rohde had been kidnapped by the Taliban. And this was the stage when the Taliban tended to cut the heads off people they kidnapped."
> "Nice job, Bill Keller," writes American Journalism Review's editor
> NYT newsroom changes draw jokes, congratulations on social networks


Did Twitter make him stupid?: Keller, Abramson exec editor news draws jokes, congratulations on social networks

Many journalists learned on Twitter that The New York Times’ new executive editor would be Jill Abramson (ironic, since former executive editor Bill Keller provoked much discussion there with his #twittermakesyoustupid reflections), and many Times’ staff and readers reacted … Read more

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Abramson to succeed Keller as NYT executive editor

New York Times Bill Keller is stepping down to become a full-time writer for the Times, while managing editor Jill Abramson moves up to executive editor on Sept. 6. Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet will be her managing editor. “Jill and Dean together is a powerful team,” says Keller. “Jill’s been my partner in keeping The Times strong through years of tumult. At her right hand she will have someone who ran a great American newspaper, and ran it through tough times. That’s a valuable skill to have.” || Abramson said last fall that "it would be a healthy, nice thing for the country" to have a female executive editor at the Times. || Read publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s memo and the Times' release. || The newsroom, journalists react: "Best of luck to a great journalist and boss, @NYTKeller, who is becoming a columnist so he can annoy Twitter full-time. || Geisler: What Abramson’s appointment could mean for women in journalism || Keller/Abramson timelines are after the jump. (more...)
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