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10:50 AM ET, May 15, 2014


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Ken Auletta / The New Yorker:
A pay dispute, friction with new CEO and hiring disagreements led to the firing of NYT executive editor, Jill Abramson  —  Why Jill Abramson Was Fired  —  At the annual City University Journalism School dinner, on Monday, Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the New York Times …
New York Times:
Jill Abramson unexpectedly leaving as executive editor at NYT, to be replaced by Dean Baquet  —  Times Ousts Its Executive Editor, Elevating Second in Command  —  The New York Times dismissed Jill Abramson as executive editor on Wednesday, replacing her with Dean Baquet, the managing editor, in an abrupt change of leadership.
Chadwick Matlin / FiveThirtyEight:
Jill Abramson Wouldn't Be the Only Female Editor to Face a Pay Gap  —  On Wednesday afternoon, The New York Times replaced Jill Abramson as editor-in-chief.  She had been on the job for less than three years, and the newsroom was caught off guard: … Among media wags, the question quickly became why Abramson was dismissed.
Kate Aurthur / BuzzFeed:
Jill Abramson's Firing And The New York Times' Chaotic Future  —  The abrupt dismissal of the executive editor portends a bumpy road ahead for her successor, Dean Baquet, and the rest of the newsroom.  —  Brad Barket / Getty Images for WIRED  —  When the news broke that Jill Abramson …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times: Abramson's compensation ‘was not less than’ Bill Keller's  —  The New York Times is pushing back against a report that Jill Abramson was fired in part because she complained that her salary was less than that of her male predecessor, Bill Keller.
Why Jill Abramson's departure will ricochet  —  Brilliant journalist rockets to the top of a newsroom, then discovers that the traits that make a great reporter or writer are not the same — indeed, can sometimes be the very opposite — as the traits that make someone a capable newsroom leader.
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
The New York Times owes the audience an explanation
Richard Prince / Quartz:
Yes, it's a huge deal to have a black journalist run the New York Times  —  It's a long time since 1945, when the New York Times hired George Streator as its first African American reporter.  Streator's tenure did not end happily.  In their 1999 book, The Trust, Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones write …
Discussion: @tcarmody and @mlcalderone
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Everything You Need to Know About Dean Baquet, the First Black Executive Editor of the New York Times  —  A bit buried in the unexpected announcement that the New York Times is ditching its first female executive editor, Jill Abramson, after less than three years, is that the man replacing her is also historic.
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Times' new editor must navigate business-side challenges, and still match the great journalism that Abramson produced  —  The Times' new editor must navigate business-side challenges, and still match the great journalism that Abramson produced  —  Dean Baquet faces a different set …
Discussion: @mpoppel and @agolis
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The unceremonial rise of Dean Baquet
Discussion: New York Times
Jonathan Zittrain / New York Times:
Don't Force Google to ‘Forget’  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — THE European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that Europeans have a limited “right to be forgotten” by search engines like Google.  According to the ruling, an individual can compel Google to remove certain reputation-harming search results …
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Warner, Universal, Sony Buy Stakes in Music App Shazam  —  Shazam Entertainment, the music-identification app, landed small investments from the world's biggest record companies, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Warner Music Group owner Access Industries …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NCM to Bring Disney's Maker, Twitter, Shazam and Grammys to In-Theater Ad Network
Discussion: TechCrunch
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple's Beats Deal May Not Be Finalized Until Next Week  —  More time for people to speculate about what it all means: Apple's planned deal to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion may not be finalized until next week, according to people familiar with the transaction.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Trinity Mirror reports 3 per cent revenue decline and notes ongoing investigation into hacking at Mirror titles  —  Newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror has reported a 3 per cent year-on-year revenue decline for the first 17 weeks of 2014.  —  An interim management statement released today showed …
Jack Shafer:
The (misguided) passion of Glenn Greenwald  —  It's not that journalists have thin skins — it's that they have no skins.  —  This adage gets trotted out once a month or more in better newsrooms to provide context for the overreaction of a reporter or editor who has found himself …
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
Barbara Walters retires: So long to one of America's last great listeners  —  TV newswoman Barbara Walters retires from on-air work this week on “The View” and ABC News, having lived and broadcast so long in the mass media age that she outlasted the term “newswoman.”
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Police didn't publicise scale of hacking to protect victims, says NoW reporter  —  Clive Goodman tells court names including Kate Middleton have only emerged now because they were not disclosed in 2006-7  —  Police did not want the full extent of hacking including that of Kate Middleton …
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Sacked BBC technology boss claims he was the fall guy for £100m DMI debacle  —  John Linwood, who is claiming unfair dismissal, tells tribunal project only accounted for an average of 5% of his working time  —  Former BBC chief technology officer John Linwood has claimed he was a …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
FT's focus on video means longer, un-paywalled pieces; new video studio opening in NYC in June  —  The Financial Times' unconventional approach to video  —  Publishers all over are clamoring to produce more online video these days, and The Financial Times is no exception.
Discussion: @raju
Mercy Pilkington / Good E-Reader:
IndieReader Launches First of Its Kind App and eBookstore for Self-Published Works  —  Self-published authors have a new sales and distribution opportunity, thanks to the pioneers in indie book promotion, IndieReader.  The company, long known for its awareness-raising efforts for self-published …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear: ‘We are like an ant versus Goliath when it comes to the BBC’  —  Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear has mixed feelings about the BBC.  He sees Newsnight as his main rival and variously describes the corporation as “stifling”, “crippling” and “a monster”.
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
David Miranda allowed to appeal against ruling on Heathrow detention  —  Partner of former Guardian reporter to challenge high court ruling on legality of his detention under counter-terrorism powers  —  David Miranda, partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Contextly Launches Its Editorial Tools To Find “Related Content” That's Actually Related  —  If you're tired of seeing “related content” widgets that are full of links that are, at best, kinda, sorta related, a startup called Contextly is trying to make things better.
Discussion: Context
S.P. / Economist:
French newspapers: Blood on the cutting room floor  —  IS THERE a curse on French newspaper editors?  This morning, after a turbulent few weeks, Natalie Nougayrède announced her resignation as editor of Le Monde.  She had been in the job for just 14 months and is the fifth editor at the paper in seven years.
Discussion: Reuters
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