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In an interview with Joe Coscarelli, Marshall Project editor-in-chief Bill Keller talked about the startup’s coming launch, and what he learned from watching the launches of FiveThirtyEight, Vox and First Look Media’s The Intercept:

Well, one thing that stuck out — I watched with great interest the launch of the Intercept, Glenn Greenwald’s venture. Because that is a very different undertaking but what it has in common is that it doesn’t have an established business model. At least in the outset, it’s going to be dependent on the confidence of backers with resources. In that case, one backer with resources. Glenn kind of launched with a bang and then disappeared for a while. You could see in the Twittersphere, and in the comments, that readers were sort of bewildered by that. The lesson I’m inclined to draw from that is that you should launch when you can sustain. Once you’ve whetted people’s appetite, you need to deliver.

Joe Coscarelli, New York

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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

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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.”… Read more

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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 … Read more

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Keller: ‘There’s a misconception that I’m opposed to social media’

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“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.

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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:

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‘How important is it for NYT to finally have its first female executive editor?’

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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.

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Keller: They don’t teach you crisis management in the mythical editors’ school

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“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.

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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 to the paper’s change of leadership with related tweets today. Here’s a sampling of the best, with photos and other reaction.


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