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Posts Tagged ‘Bill Keller’

What’s Your Favorite Summer Fluff Piece?

Executive editor Bill Keller wants to ban books and read Twitter instead. Or at least that is the satirical claim he made in a piece in The New York Times this week–“Let’s Ban Books, or at Least Stop Writing Them.”

Welcome to July, the month when media organizations (including GalleyCat) fill slow news days with fluff pieces. We would like to nominate Keller’s piece as the top summer fluff piece of 2011.

What was your favorite publishing puff piece of the summer? Read more

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Bill Keller Steps Down; Won’t Write Book About NYT

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller will be replaced by his deputy, Jill Abramson. Keller plans to write a column for the Sunday opinion section and work as a full time writer for the newspaper.

Keller made one thing clear: “I won’t be writing a book about The New York Times.” On Twitter, Keller recently launched the hashtag “Twitter Makes You Stupid,” comparing social networks to “crystal meth” in a provocative essay.

Here’s more from the paper: “Ms. Abramson will be the first woman to be editor in the paper’s 160-year history … Her selection is something of a departure for The Times, an institution that has historically chosen executive editors who have ascended the ranks through postings in overseas bureaus and managing desks like Foreign or Metropolitan.”

As for Mr. Keller’s plans, he said he was still working out the details of a column he will write for the paper’s new Sunday opinion section, which will be introduced later this month. He did rule one project out. “,” he said.”

Two NY Times Authors Reportedly Will Accept Buyouts

53019_uchitelle_louis.gifToday is the deadline for voluntary buyouts at the NY Times, and reportedly, two business reporters and published authors will accept.

The first was Alex Berenson, a reporter who has covered everything from the war in Iraq to disaster in New Orleans. He is also the author of three spy novels, including “The Silent Man.” His next book is “The Midnight House,” a novel arriving in stores in early February. The second journalist and author to accept a buyout is Louis Uchitelle (pictured, via). In 2006, he published “The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences” with Random House. He has reported for the NY Times since 1980.

Here’s more from Business Insider: “With just a handful of employees taking the buyout, it appears that the Times will fall far short of its goal of buying out 100 employees. As Bill Keller noted, the Times will then be forced to begin layoffs. In a memo to employees, Keller said that layoffs could begin as early as next week.”

To Build a Paywall or Not to Build a Paywall

As newspapers, literary journals, and digital publishers debate the future of content, one issue looms large: do we need paywalls to earn money for our content? According to The New York Times‘ public editor, executive editor Bill Keller has said that the paper will decide “within weeks” whether to erect a paywall–setting the pace for everybody from online literary journals to hometown papers.

Last week Five Chapters editor David Daley confessed his own uneasiness with his free journal’s role in the publishing economy: “I’m not always sure it’s good for the overall reading culture,” he said. What do you think? Our blog network is running a poll to find out what all the different media types in the audience think about this crucial topic. Add your answer below…

Do You Think Paywalls Will Save Newspapers?(trends)

GalleyCat for Your Ears

Podcast host and TVNewser blogger Steve Krakauer retired from the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast this morning. GalleyCat editor Jason Boog will be stepping into Krakauer’s big pair of shoes on Monday morning.

If you are a journalist, writer, blogger, media-type, publicist, or book-lover who wants to appear on the show, there’s a wide-open guest calendar for the next few months. Topics will range from media news to publishing to newspapers to movies to magazines to culture to television, and, perhaps most importantly, books. Email Jason for more details.

Here’s more on Krakauer’s last show: “Mediabistro.com editorial director Rebecca Fox and AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven helped send off Steve with some discussion about The New York Times‘s Bill Keller reporting from the frontlines of Iran and a reliving of the time Rush Limbaugh gave a shout out to the podcast. Also: what Steve has learned since launching the podcast a few months ago and some love lockdown.”