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Gabriel Dance Joins The Marshall Project

Gabriel Dance GGabriel Dance is joining The Marshall Project — a nonprofit news organization that focuses on the American criminal justice system — as managing editor in charge of digital journalism. The Marshall Project’s editor is former New York Times executive editor, Bill Keller.

Dance comes to the Marshall Project from The Guardian US, where he served as interactive editor. He previously worked for the Times and News Corp’s The Daily.

“Gabe Dance is one of the most creative journalists I know, a master storyteller of the digital age,” said Keller, in a statement. “I expect him and the team he will build to be a vital part of every project we undertake, from inception to completion.”

Dance’s appointment is effective May 1.

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Bill Keller, Former Editor of The New York Times, Is Leaving for News Nonprofit (NYT)
Bill Keller, a columnist at The New York Times and its former executive editor, will leave the paper to become editor in chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism start-up focused on the American criminal justice system. “It’s a chance to build something from scratch, which I’ve never done before,” Keller said, “and to use all the tools that digital technology offers journalists in terms of ways to investigate and to present on a subject that really matters personally.” NBCNews.com He is slated to begin his leadership position at The Marshall Project on March 1. The nonprofit venture was formed late last year by Neil Barsky, a journalist turned Wall Street hedge fund manager, who will serve as publisher. The Washington Post / Style Keller began his tenure by overseeing coverage of the lead-up to, and aftermath of, the U.S. military invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Times later acknowledged that its reporting on this period — particularly on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq — was flawed. Under Keller’s editorship, the Times published excerpts of sensitive U.S. military and diplomatic files obtained by WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy organization that had received them from then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning. The paper also published stories disclosing the George W. Bush administration’s practice of “warrantless wiretapping” of suspected terrorists in 2005. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “Bill has made so many contributions to the Times over his 30 years here, it’s difficult to quantify them,” Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the Times‘ publisher said in a statement. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media For all his feats, including leading the paper out of one of the most tumultuous periods in its history, Keller had a vexed relationship with members of the Times leadership: its publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., and its editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, who Keller has reported to since 2011.

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Readers Lash Out About Bill Keller’s Column on Woman With Cancer (NYT / Public Editor’s Journal)
Bill Keller’s column in The New York Times on Monday about Lisa Bonchek Adams has generated a great deal of negative response. Xeni Jardin, the well-known writer who blogs on Boing Boing, sometimes about her own experience with cancer, was outraged, calling it bullying. Adams herself responded this way on Twitter: “I don’t know why I, a person dedicated to education and personal choice by cancer patients, have been so mischaracterized.” CJR / Behind The News Before last Wednesday you probably hadn’t heard of Adams, a Connecticut mother of three who has been tweeting and blogging about her experience living with, and being treated for, stage IV breast cancer. Adams’ moderate following occupies a niche realm, consisting largely of cancer activists and those afflicted with the disease, and there would’ve been little way for her frequent updates to make their way onto the press radar — aside from a short feature on Adams in USA Today published in 2011 (the piece didn’t mention her Internet presence). Then Bill and Emma Keller took it upon themselves to chaperone her feeds to a new breed of Internet fame, in a husband wife one-two punch: Emma published a controversial piece on Adams in The Guardian Wednesday and Bill wrote an editorial on the same subject for Monday’s Times. HuffPost In a piece in the Times entitled “Heroic Measures,” Bill compared her “fierce” approach to that of his father-in-law, who he said died a “calm” death in a British hospital that emphasized palliative care. “His death seemed to me a humane and honorable alternative to the frantic medical trench warfare that often makes an expensive misery of death in America,” he wrote. NYT In The Guardian, Emma questioned Adams’ documenting her illness in a public forum. “Are her tweets a grim equivalent of deathbed selfies, one step further than funeral selfies?” Emma wrote, referring to self-taken images. A wave of online criticism developed from Adams’ followers and others, accusing Emma of mischaracterizing her. Emma was also criticized for publishing private correspondence with Adams as part of her column. Poynter / MediaWire The Guardian has removed the post. “Following an investigation by the Guardian’s independent readers’ editor, we have removed the article in question from our website because it is inconsistent with the Guardian editorial code,” spokesperson Gennady Kolker tells Poynter via email. On The Media / TLDR It’s unclear to me why Emma picked on Adams. Before Emma’s piece, Adams’ follower count was in the 7,000 range. That’s not a huge audience. I don’t know what the larger scene of writers who discuss illness online is, but I assume that there’s a lot more people than Adams, and that many people are more prominent. Medium / Zeynep Tufekci Both Kellers get the basic facts wrong. That’s quite an astonishing event in and of itself — and exactly why Adams is providing such an important educational service.

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Joanna Coles, Wendy Williams and the Inside Story on the New JFK Book

LunchAtMichaelsForget about having to dig out a coat for the first time this season to ward off this morning’s chilly temps, the real sign of fall here is that the power lunch scene is back in full swing at Michael’s. Today the dining room was full of famous faces (Al Roker and wife Deborah Roberts at separate tables, Wendy Williams, Star Jones); entertainment bigwigs (Tad Smith, Nick Verbitsky); social swans (Margo Nederlander and pals); and more spinmeisters than there are Kardashian tabloid covers on any given week. You get the picture.

Fall also means the launch of a plethora of “important” titles and made-for-gift-giving books. I was joined today by Steve Koepp, editorial director of Time Home Entertainment, the book publishing division of Time Inc., who gave me the inside story on the company’s impressive and incredibly diverse fall list. He came toting three books to illustrate the point: the just-published Zoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career by Daniel Roberts, born out of Fortune‘s compulsively readable “40 Under 40″ annual list and featuring original interviews from headline-making top execs, including Marissa Mayer and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank; LIFE‘s bookazine The Wizard of Oz: 75 Years Along the Yellow Brick Road; and JFK: His Enduring Legacy (published by Time as both a book and bookazine).

Steven Koepp and Diane Clehane

Steven Koepp and Diane Clehane

Between bites of Cobb salad, Steve told me the book business is, in fact, thriving over at Time Inc. thanks to the company’s multi-pronged approach to reaching all different readers with books that often connect them back to those people and eras that “resonate” and seem to grow more iconic over time. This is certainly true with The Day Kennedy Died from Life, which Steve described to me as “magisterial.” Certainly sounds like it. Due out Oct. 15, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the book is full of fascinating reporting, artifacts and images from Nov. 22, 1963. In fact, there is so much material that has been thoughtfully assembled that the book comes with a magnetic closure to hold a full-size exact replica of the issue of Life published immediately after Kennedy’s assassination as well as a gatefold with the entire Zapruder film — all 486 frames — published for the first time. Reporting includes the “centerpiece” of the book: a narrative by Dick Stolley, then the magazine’s Los Angeles bureau chief who flew into Dallas after the shooting and recounts his experience covering the event that made the world stand still. Read more

Hollywood, Meet the New York Times’ New Culture Editor

Nikki Finke was first on the west coast this morning to some major Grey Lady news: the appointment of Danielle Mattoon as culture editor and Sia Michel as editor for Arts & Leisure. As Finke points out, even though Hollywood does not read the paper nearly as much as it used to, the moves still put Mattoon at the top of the Tinseltown PR pitch-list.

Finke also reminds that this NYT news should have really come out before the Oscars:

Executive editor Jill Abramson‘s announcement today was nearly four weeks late according to her own timetable for naming a new culture editor. Then again, she has a lot on her plate because her publication is beset by financial problems, editorial buyouts, stiff competition, not to mention conservative critics who want to put what they see as the Liberal Paper Of Record out of business.

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Jill Abramson Discusses The New York Times

Yesterday, before heading off to catch what was probably the whitest Jay-Z concert ever, Jill Abramson spoke to people at South by Southwest about the future of The New York Times. The discussion covered a wide array of topics, and at times Abramson came off as a bit arrogant, but hey, that’s what happens when you’re in charge of the best paper in the world.

Below are some highlights, via Poynter.

  • Abramson said that the reason the Times is succeeding (to the degree that you can call losing boatloads of money “succeeding”) when other paper’s are failing, is “our news report is like nowhere in the world in terms of depth and breadth.”
  • “It’s different.” That was Abramson’s reply to being asked if The Wall Street Journal is worse with Rupert Murdoch overseeing it.
  • On the difference between her and Bill Keller: “He reads poetry on the subway. I’m reading my horoscope in the NY Post on the subway.”
  • When asked why the Times seems to lack links — a hot topic of late — Abramson said, “Linking out to other quality sources of news, of which there are many, is something you’re going to see more.”

Bill Keller Thinks An Objective New York Times Would Be Boring

Bill Keller is enjoying his days among the New York Times’ Opinion pages because — as a human being — he has opinions. And as we all know, he’s never been too shy about saying his thoughts, and he did so last night during an interview with Peter Beinart, at CUNY’s Graduate Center.

Capital New York has a great breakdown of the entire chat, but we thought the best quote of the night from Keller was when he was asked if the Times could be objective:

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In Rising to Top, Jill Abramson’s Weakness Became a Strength

(Via Marie Claire)

In today’s New Yorker profile of Jill Abramson, it’s revealed that when it came time to name a replacement for Bill Keller at the New York Times, Abramson was seen as the frontrunner by Publisher Arthur Sulzberger. However, it was Abramson’s infamous assertiveness that ended up sealing the deal.

After Sulzberger had narrowed down his choices to three candidates — Abramson, Dean Baquet, and the editor of the Boston Globe, Martin Baron — he had dinner with each individually.

It was at this time that Abramson’s frankness separated her from the pack:

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Bill Keller is Posting Reader Exchanges on Facebook

Bill Keller — for as much as he laments sites like Twitter — is quite the social networking diva (divo?). When he tweets it creates a stir and when his columns create a ruckus, he responds to readers quite often. So it seems only natural that Keller would take to Facebook to post his recent pieces and the subsequent exchanges with readers.

Among other things, on his page now there is a link to an especially intense debate that happened after Keller wrote that journalists should ask politicians about religion more often.

Here’s the link to his Facebook page if you’d like to keep up with Keller, or just read the angry letters that people write to him.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. WNYC Host, Producer Jad Abumrad Named a Genius, September 20
  2. The New York Times Has Smart Commentators, CNN Doesn’t, September 21
  3. Brides EIC Out After 25 Years, September 16
  4. Self Names New Managing Editor, September 21
  5. Conde´ Nast Continues Changes, September 16
  6. Food Network Magazine Toasts Bobby Flay, September 20
  7. The Onion is Leaving New York, September 22
  8. Bill Keller Tackles Obama in First Op-Ed, September 19
  9. Veteran Anchor Mike Schneider to Helm NJTV Nightly Newscast, September 19
  10. Former WNYW/Channel 5 Reporter Andrea Day ‘Excited’ to Take Career in ‘Different Direction,’ September 21

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