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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.

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Circulation revenue rises at Gannett’s local papers

Good 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.
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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.… Read more

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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.… 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.… Read more

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