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Keller: There were 3 New York Times innovation reports

It’s All Journalism

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.

Nieman Journalism Lab called the most recent Times innovation report “one of the key documents of this media age.” The report warned of decreasing homepage traffic and concluded that The Times was not growing its digital audience fast enough. Read more

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Circulation revenue rises at Gannett’s local papers

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 (OK, perhaps slightly more than 10) media stories.

  1. Gannett had a good second quarter: Broadcast revenue was “almost 88 percent higher in the quarter compared to the second quarter last year.” Publishing advertising revenue fell about 5 percent; circulation was roughly flat, and “At local domestic publishing sites, home delivery circulation revenue was up in the quarter due, in part, to strategic pricing actions associated with enhanced content.” (Gannett)
  2. Washington Post fights the “wonk wars”: The Washington Post’s new “Storyline” project is “dedicated to the power of stories to help us understand complicated, critical things,” Editor Jim Tankersley writes. (The Washington Post) | Michael Calderone takes a look: “It’s unlikely The Post would’ve launched a project like Storyline a few years ago.” (HuffPost) | Tankersley writes that as a college student he was inspired by Richard Read‘s 1998 series about french fries: “Those stories brought the crisis home in a way no textbook or straight news piece could, because at each step, they showed how global trends touched people’s lives and livelihoods.” (The Oregonian)
  3. Why corrupt politicians should avoid Vermont: Vermont has the best-covered legislature in the country, and California has the worst, Pew finds. It takes another view of its data on statehouse reporters, looking at the relationship between the number of reporters and states’ population. (Pew) | “Yes, most national news sites have had to slim down but they remain major behemoths in terms of staff. Regional and local news organizations have been hit far harder, meaning that the at-the-roots level coverage of politicians and policies is significantly restricted if not nonexistent.” (The Washington Post)
  4. Press secretary lectures reporters on anonymous sources: White House press secretary Josh Earnest complained about the sourcing of a Washington Post story. (The Daily Caller) | The “criticism doesn’t make sense,” Post national editor Cameron Barr says. “We are sometimes compelled to rely on background sources with knowledge of internal deliberations – that is one of the best means available to hold the administration and other powerful institutions to account.” (Poynter) | “This is rich.” (Politico) | “Two reporters pointed out the White House is hosting its own anonymous call Monday afternoon on a job-training report.” (Business Insider) | “What Earnest knows so well is that competitive Beltway reporters will continue participating in those accountability-defying background briefings, even though the White House press secretary is on record as questioning their utility.” (The Washington Post)
  5. Jill Abramson sought friendly press: Women reporters have shown an “absurd display of credulity and clubbiness” while interviewing the former NYT executive editor, Liz Spayd writes. (CJR) | Very slightly related: Here’s Abramson talking about traffic safety. (The Village Voice)
  6. Analyst says Tribune’s newspapers are worth $635 million: That’s “less than 10 percent of Tribune Co.’s total valuation,” Robert Channick reports. (Chicago Tribune)
  7. “I regret wasting time thinking I wasn’t good enough”: Advice for young journalists of color from Cord Jefferson, Anna Holmes, Jenna Wortham, Wesley Lowery and others. (BuzzFeed)
  8. There’s money in events: Functions put on by AtlanticLive, the company’s events business, “now account for close to one-fifth of the Atlantic’s overall revenue.” (DigiDay) | Recently: NPR’s Margaret Low Smith will run AtlanticLive. (Poynter)
  9. Here’s today’s world news, edited by Kristen Hare: Colin Brazier, the Sky News reporter who pulled items out of a suitcase from the MH17 crash while on air, apologized in a column in The Guardian on Tuesday. | Journalists lives are in danger while covering Gaza, Reporters Without Borders wrote Tuesday. Two Palestinian journalists have been killed and four injured so far. | International News Safety Institute reported Monday that “Ukraine was the most dangerous country for journalists” in the first half of the year. So far, seven members of the media have been killed. | Here’s the front page of The West Australian, from Perth, Australia, courtesy Newseum:

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  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Andy Wright is the new publisher of The New York Times Magazine. | Janet Mock has been named a contributing editor to Marie Claire. She’s the author of New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness, and a former staff editor at People. (@janetmock) | Garrett Graff has joined Politico Magazine as a senior staff writer. Formerly, he was editor-in-chief of The Washingtonian. (Politico) | Slate moves: Dan Kois is now culture editor at Slate. (@juliaturner) John Swansburg is deputy editor, Josh Levin is executive editor. (Muck Rack) | Katie Nelson will be national editor at the Huffington Post. Previously, she was deputy managing editor for digital at the New York Daily News. (@Joy_Resmovits) | Zach Pagano has joined KRDO in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a multimedia journalist. Formerly, he was an anchor at KCWY in Casper, Wyoming. (Zach Pagano) | Jon Skorburg will be vice president and general manager at WOI in Des Moines, Iowa. Formerly, he was vice president and general manager at WQRF in Rockford, Illinois. (Mediabistro) | Margaret Schmidt has been named editor of The Jersey Journal. Formerly, she was managing editor of the paper. (The Jersey Journal) Job alert: California’s KQEDis looking for interns to start in September. Get your résumés in! | Send Ben your job moves:bmullin@poynter.org.

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Jill Abramson doesn’t return NYT’s email

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Rupert Murdoch is not giving up, the BBC cuts hundreds of jobs

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Rupert Murdoch bids on Time Warner

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Jill Abramson: Being first on a story is a ‘point of pride’

PRX | The Daily Beast

At a talk at the Chautauqua Institution Wednesday, an audience member asked former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson why being first is “so important for the press.”

Abramson admitted she sometimes asks herself the same thing: “sometimes given the speed at which even a tweet gets picked up, sometimes I did say to myself why is it so darned important because everybody knows everything — the boom effect in the media is so immediate now and so loud,” she said.

But: “again being candid with you, it’s kind of a point of pride.” Read more

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Jill Abramson will teach undergrads at Harvard this fall

The New York Times

Jill Abramson, ex-executive editor of The New York Times, will teach undergraduate narrative nonfiction courses at Harvard, Ravi Somaiya reports in the Times. She’ll be a “visiting lecturer in the Department of English for the 2014-15 academic year.” Read more

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Stop fetishizing nasty editors, Dean Baquet says

NPR

In an interview with NPR’s David Folkenflik, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet says he never gave Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. an ultimatum about now-former Executive Editor Jill Abramson. He also talks a little bit about management style.

“I’m not commenting on Jill’s relationship with the newsroom or management style. I’ll let others do that,” Baquet said. “But one thing that people say is newspapers always have tough [leaders]. I mean I’ve seen many elegies to ‘the city editor who changed my life because he was really nasty to me for six months and it made me a better person.’ I think that’s nuts.”

He added, “I don’t think that leaders have to be or should be rough on their people. Leaders have to make tough decisions.”

Earlier this week, former (Greensboro, North Carolina) News & Record Editor John Robinson tweeted something along those lines, bouncing off a Jim Romenesko post about a tough editor.

He followed that tweet today:

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APME once gave women journalists tips on how to ‘make a man feel like a boss’

Here are a few tips from the Associated Press Managing Editors guidelines from 1969, on men working with women, and vice versa:

For men: “Provide the reason, the authority, and the security to direct a woman in the use of her constant emotional drive.”

And for women: “Subordinate your personality to make a man feel like a boss.”

From Wisconsin Magazine of History, fall 2008, ‘Reporters Marian McBride, Bernice Buresh, Sue Kaufman, and Georgian Pílley of the Milwaukee Sentinel, and Mildred Freese of the Milwaukee Journal, picket the Milwaukee Press Club, September 19, 1966.’

Kimberly Voss and Lance Speere included those tips in their March report for Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, “Taking Chances and Making Changes: The Career Paths and Pitfalls of Pioneering Women in Newspaper Management.” Voss is an associate professor and journalism area coordinator at the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida. Speere, her husband, is also a journalism instructor at UCF.

Their report looks at women who were firsts in the industry, including Carol Sutton, who became managing editor at The (Louisville, Kentucky,) Courier-Journal in 1974, and Gloria Biggs, who became Gannett’s first woman publisher the same year. Voss had written about the women before, and during her research, came across archived copies of guidelines from APME and ASNE. She knew what the experiences were of the three women in the report, but Voss wanted to know how the industry viewed women at the time. What she found, essentially, was men talking to each other.

“Their arrogance was almost taken for granted,” Voss said in a phone interview with Poynter. Read more

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Jill Abramson’s HuffPost piece ‘came to Arianna’

The Huffington Post

Deposed New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson wrote an appreciation for Arthur Gelb, the former New York Times managing editor who died Tuesday. The piece appears in The Huffington Post’s Media section. The piece “came to Arianna [Huffington], who was in correspondence with Jill Abramson,” HuffPost spokesperson Amanda Schumacher tells Poynter. “HuffPost is both a journalistic enterprise, with over 700 paid editors, reporters, etc. and a large platform for views and opinions for which we do not offer compensation. ”

Gelb “got a tremendous kick when I was named Managing Editor, the job he had when he retired from the newsroom in 1989,” Abramson writes. “He regularly called me with great story ideas and loved it when we broke a big one. ‘Ride that story!’ he’d bellow.”

Abramson’s daughter Cornelia Griggs told Gawker’s J.K. Trotter her mom “isn’t speaking to anyone at the moment” and is “also not reading anything either (a first!).”

Times’ media-desk editor Peter Lattman tweeted (and appears to have since deleted) this:

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