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Dean Baquet: ‘I Never Said to Anyone It’s Me or Jill’

We hope you’re not tired of the Jill Abramson/New York Times drama, because it appears that Dean Baquet — the new executive editor of the paper — isn’t. He gave a long interview with NPR, and touched on several storylines that have been floating around.

Baquet denied the rumor that he had told Arthur Sulzberger Jr. he needed to fire Abramson or he would walk. ”I never said to anyone it’s me or Jill,” he told NPR. “I think that’s a simplistic calculation. I don’t think there’s any question that I made it known that I was a little unhappy.”

As for that unhappiness, Baquet confirmed that he was upset Abramson wanted to hire The Guardian’s Janine Gibson as a co-managing editor. He also poured more fuel on the narrative that Abramson wasn’t well liked in the newsroom:

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David Carr Gives His Take on Jill Abramson Drama

DavidCarrHeadshotAlmost everyone has weighed in on the drama behind the New York Times’ unceremonious firing of its executive editor, Jill Abramson. The latest? David Carr, the Times’ media columnist.

In his latest piece, Carr wrote that Abramson’s firing was handled horribly (“The lack of decorum was stunning”), but that Arthur Sulzberger Jr. — the Times’ publisher — had valid reasons for letting her go. “I like Jill and the version of the Times she made,” wrote Carr. “But my reporting, including interviews with senior people in the newsroom, some of them women, backs up his conclusion.” Carr also gets some female Times staffers to say that they’re worried about their path at the paper after Abramson was cut so brutally.

Of course, all the sources in Carr’s piece are anonymous, so that doesn’t help much. Also, Carr states that Abramson was going to “fight her way out” and “inflict some damage on its [the Times] publisher,” but then doesn’t provide a single example of that happening.

No doubt there will be many more takes on this mess, but here’s ours: Everyone loses. Abramson loses because she produced a fantastic verison of the Times and was unceremoniously fired. Sulzberger loses because he acted like a child by publicly bashing Abramson. And the Times loses because this is a drama better fitted for a high school paper, not the paper of record.

New York Times Publisher Takes Media to Task for Abramson Coverage

new-york-times-logoThe spiraling debate and speculative coverage of Jill Abramson‘s departure from the New York Times as a pay-inequality issue finally became too much for her boss to bear. This afternoon, New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. categorically denied the notion that Abramson was paid less than her male predecessors.

He then went on, very candidly, to outline why Abramson was let go. Here’s the full statement, sent to FishbowlNY:

Perhaps the saddest outcome of my decision to replace Jill Abramson as executive editor of the New York Times is that it has been cast by many as an example of the unequal treatment of women in the workplace. Rather than accepting that this was a situation involving a specific individual who, as we all do, has strengths and weaknesses, a shallow and factually incorrect storyline has emerged.

Fueling this have been persistent but incorrect reports that Jill’s compensation package was not comparable with her predecessor’s. This is untrue. Jill’s pay package was comparable with Bill Keller’s; in fact, by her last full year as executive editor, it was more than 10% higher than his.

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Guardian U.S. EIC at Center of Jill Abramson Dismissal

Talk about being an innocent and yet momentous bystander.

JanineGibsonTwitterProfilePicPer an article by David Carr and Ravi Somaiya, the final straw with regards to alleged tensions in the New York Times newsroom triangulated new executive editor Dean Baquet, predecessor Jill Abramson and Guardian U.S. editor-in-chief Janine Gibson (pictured). From their piece:

In recent weeks, these people said, Mr. Baquet had become angered over a decision by Ms. Abramson to make a job offer to a senior editor from The Guardian, Janine Gibson, and install her alongside him in a co-managing editor position without consulting him. It escalated the conflict between them and rose to the attention of Mr. Sulzberger.

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Deconstructing Jill Abramson’s Sudden Departure

new-york-times-logoHere’s the first of what will be many bits of anecdotal evidence submitted in an effort to decipher the abrupt exit of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. It comes from a New Yorker item by Ken Auletta:

Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs.

“She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

Another source however told Auletta that the salary gap had been closed,* leaving only a pension disparity tied to the pair’s differing lengths of NYT service.

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Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Mark Thompson Talk Advertising and Family Legacy at the Times

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Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of the The New York Times, surveyed a restaurant full of media elites yesterday and declared that his family would never sell the Times. The Ochs-Sulzberger clan has owned the newspaper since 1896 and has a trust mechanism in place to ensure that the publication can’t be sold unless every single family member agrees, according to Sulzberger.

“The family is united around its ownership and its responsibility to maintaining The New York Times and its journalism and its journalistic integrity,” he told interviewer and former Times media reporter Alex S. Jones at the Bryant Park Grill.

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Thomas Middelhoff to Leave NY Times Board

Thomas Middelhoff GThomas Middelhoff, the former head of German media giant Bertelsmann, is stepping down from his spot on The New York Times Company’s board. Middelhoff has been on the Times’ board since 2003.

“Thomas has served with great distinction as an outstanding director of The New York Times Company for over a decade,” said Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of the Times company and publisher of the Times, in a statement. “While I regret that he will not seek re-election, I am immensely grateful for his years of service, his advice and counsel, and his dedication in helping to steer the Times through a transformative period. We will all miss him.”

The Times said that all of its other directors — 13 in all — intend to seek re-election.

The Premiere Edition of The International New York Times

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Say hello to the International New York Times. The newish paper is edited in Paris, London, Hong Kong and New York. In a letter to readers, Arthur Sulzberger Jr wrote that the INYT will enable the Times to streamline production and therefore increase the editorial quality of the paper:

With today’s action, we are creating a single, unified global media brand, which will allow us to expand our digital hubs, grow our editorial team, add more international voices in news and opinion, and increase the coverage provided by some of our best writers from around the globe.

“It is our belief that The International New York Times will help you experience the world, while connecting and engaging with a global community of politically and culturally passionate people,” added Sulzberger.

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NPR Dismisses an Ombudsman Report (CJR / Behind The News)
This past Friday, NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos released an 80-page report reviewing an October 2011 Peabody-winning investigation into the South Dakota foster care system’s treatment of Native American children. The ombudsman’s review concluded that the investigation as aired violated NPR’s Code of Ethics. NPR management has vehemently disagreed with the ombudsman’s findings. In an “Editor’s Note” posted that same night as the report, chief content officer and executive vice president Kinsey Wilson and Margaret Low Smith, the senior vice president of news, stood by the substance of the reports. NPR The network stands by the thrust of NPR correspondent Laura Sullivan’s reporting. A number of media figures, such as former Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor William Grueskin, took to Twitter to comment that Schumacher-Matos’ approach was laudable and an unusual instance of rigor and transparency. Poynter / MediaWire Wilson and Smith write that they’ve “spent weeks with our team, re-examining the hundreds of interviews and documents that formed the basis of the series” and say “Overall, the process surrounding the ombudsman’s inquiry was unorthodox, the sourcing selective, the fact-gathering uneven and many of the conclusions, in our judgment, subjective or without foundation. For that reason, we’ve concluded there is little to be gained from a point-by-point response to his claims.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AOL to Shed 300 Patch Sites | NYT Not for Sale | DCist Editor Fired


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AOL to Shut Down About 300 Patch.com Websites
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AOL plans to close, sell or find partners for nearly a third of its Patch.com local news sites, the company’s chief executive said Wednesday. Of the roughly 900 hyperlocal editions nationwide, nearly 300 are not successful and not likely to attract enough traffic or revenue, Tim Armstrong said in AOL’s second-quarter earnings call with analysts. Forbes / Mixed Media Armstrong suggested that AOL may be able to find willing partners for many of the sites in the numerous struggling metropolitan daily newspapers that have been unable to invest as much as they’d like in their own digital and local operations. Poynter / MediaWire Several Patch employees tell Poynter that on a phone call with site editors Wednesday afternoon, Armstrong said that there was zero probability that Patch would shut down, that the initiative enjoyed support on AOL’s board and that Patch is worth fighting for. FishbowlNY Just how much would a Patch site cost? Armstrong wouldn’t provide a specific number, but said it was “much, much lower” than $150,000, which is what they were estimated at in 2011. BuzzMachine / Jeff Jarvis I have a fourth option, Tim: Invest. Set up independent entrepreneurs — your employees, my entrepreneurial graduates, unemployed newspaper folks — to take over the sites. Offer them the benefit of continued network ad sales — that’s enlightened self-interest for Patch and AOL. Offer them training. Offer them technology. And even offer them some startup capital. Forbes AOL also announced it will buy video platform Adap.tv for $405 million, a reflection of the Internet company’s push to develop its online-advertising business. The cash-and-stock deal will make Adap.tv, a video-ad platform that provides AOL access to the ad technology that the world’s largest companies use, an independent part of AOL’s video unit.

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