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Keller: There were 3 New York Times innovation reports

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In a podcast Friday, former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller said two innovation reports preceded the much publicized 2014 report by Arthur Gregg Sulzberger. Keller wrote the first in 2005 and Jill Abramson wrote the second in 2009.

Keller’s report advised that The Times had to stop treating the Web as “a secondary function,” and stated that the paper needed to “completely integrate” the digital side of the newsroom. Abramson’s report came after she “immersed herself in the web” for six months and came up with some proposals, Keller told It’s All Journalism:

What they all have in common is this kind of urgent tone. The one that I wrote in 2005 sounded like a manifesto. In fact, I wrote it sort of assuming some people would object to it, and everybody immediately said, ‘oh yeah, that’s right, I guess we better do that.’

They all make the same point, which is old media still has a ways to go to overcome the cultural and psychological habits that are rooted in the old world.

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Tennessean will use data, not ‘the journalist’s gut,’ to make decisions

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 (ha ha, OK, you got me, it’s more than 10) media stories.

  1. 21st Century Fox won’t pursue Time Warner: Rupert Murdoch sent a honcho-to-honcho email to Jeffrey L. Bewkes Tuesday afternoon, notifying the Time Warner chief he was withdrawing his previous offer. (NYT) | “Arguably, shareholders had scuttled” the deal already, Brian Stelter writes: “21st Century Fox shares had dropped nearly 10% since the initial bid for Time Warner earlier this summer.” (CNN) | “Long media nerd earnings day. Was going to be fun. But now… [sad trombone]” (@pkafka) | “One large Fox investor said the market is worried about Murdoch’s discipline when it comes to deal-making,” Cristina Alesci reported Tuesday morning. (CNN) | Time Warner revenue was up 3 percent in the second quarter of 2014 over the same period the year before. HBO’s revenue was up 17 percent.
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Keller: NYT’s drug-testing ‘is increasingly difficult to defend’

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During a question-and-answer session on Reddit today, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said the paper’s policy for drug testing its employees for marijuana is “increasingly difficult to defend” in light of the editorial board’s pro-pot stance.

Keller was taking questions to promote The Marshall Project, a nonprofit startup dedicated to covering the U.S. criminal justice system.

When a commenter asked Keller what he thought of the paper’s drug-testing policy, he said “reports of the death of irony are much exaggerated.” When another commenter asked about the policy in a reply, he gave a more detailed answer:

“I make a policy of not second-guessing my former colleagues in public, but I agree (and expect a lot of people at the NYT do, too) that the inconsistency is increasingly difficult to defend.”

The Times editorial board recently endorsed legalization of marijuana and featured a series of articles on its stance that included a trippy tour through The Times’ evolving position on marijuana legalization. Read more

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NYT runs a pot ad

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. NYT runs a pot ad: Sunday’s paper had a full page ad on page 19 of the A-section from Leafly, which connects marijuana users to dispensaries and reviews weed strains. After the paper’s editorial board endorsed legalizing pot, “it just seemed like the right time,” a brand manager at the company that backs Leafly told Lucia Moses (Digiday) | “We accept ads for products and services that are legal and if the ad has met our acceptability standards,” Times spokesperson Linda Zebian says. (WSJ)
  2. Tribune Publishing is on its own as of tomorrow: “For now, plans to sell the Tribune newspapers, once widely reported, are off the table,” Christine Haughney reports. (NYT) | Expect a replacement for L.A. Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein “to be named within weeks.” He’s Tribune Publishing’s Non-executive Chairman of the Board now.
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Ken Armstrong joins The Marshall Project

Armstrong. Photo by Steve Ringman (The Seattle Times)

Ken Armstrong, an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times, will join the staff of The Marshall Project in the coming weeks, Marshall Project editor-in-chief Bill Keller confirmed Tuesday.

Armstrong, who has worked at The Seattle Times for about 11 years, said he made the move partly because The Marshall Project will give him an opportunity to tell stories in a variety of different ways. He’s already pitched stories for radio, magazine stories and “classic long-term investigations,” he said.

Armstrong began talking with Keller about the possibility of working full-time for The Marshall Project after submitting a freelance pitch for the site in March, Keller said. He assigned the pitch, and Armstrong followed up with a list of stories he’d like to cover.

Although The Marshall Project is based in New York City, Armstrong will remain in Seattle and take trips to visit the staff in New York, Keller said. Read more

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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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