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Jill Abramson’s Commencement Speech Still Set for Wake Forest University

graduation capWe originally wanted to write a post about inspirational commencement speeches but figured that can always be accomplished next week.

During our search we discovered that Jill Abramson, ousted New York Times executive editor, is still set to give the commencement address at Wake Forest University. Read more

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Deborah Needleman Hired to Run ‘New York Times’ Style Magazine

T, also known as The New York Times’ style magazine, has a new editor. Deborah Needleman, the editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal style magazine, is going to be in charge of T.

According to the Times, its executive editor, Jill Abramson, indicated in a statement that Needleman will be integral to expand the magazine:

“Deborah is a creative and innovative editor with an impeccable sense of style and design. As we look to expand and extend T and continue to evolve it for our loyal and sophisticated New York Times audience, we will rely on Deborah’s broad range of experience and creative energy. She is coming on board to strengthen the franchise and reimagine its future on all platforms.”

Prior to joining the WSJ, Needleman founded the style magazine, Domino, and was also editor-at-large for House & Garden. She’s the co-author of Domino: The Book of Decorating and wrote The Perfectly Imperfect Home.

14 Media Women Comprise Forbes’ List of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List

When Forbes releases their annual rankings, people listen so their latest list is no different.

Their World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list was released and out of the 100 names, 14 women are in media. Congrats to the power women!

Jill Abramson (No. 5) – Executive Editor, The New York Times, U.S.

Anne Sweeney (No. 22) -  Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney/ABC Television Group, U.S.

Diane Sawyer (No. 23) – News Anchor, ABC News, U.S.

Arianna Huffington (No. 29) – Editor-in-Chief, AOL Huffington Post, U.S.

Amy Pascal (No. 36) – Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, U.S.

Laura Lang (No. 44) – CEO, Time Inc., U.S.

Sue Naegle (No. 46) – President,  HBO Entertainment, U.S.

Anna Wintour (No. 51) – Editor-in-Chief, Vogue, U.S.

Christiane Amanpour (No. 53) – News Anchor, CNN and ABC News, U.S.

Bonnie Hammer (No. 73) – Chairman, Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, NBCUniversal, Comcast, U.S.

Tina Brown (No. 77) – Editor-in-Chief, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, U.S.

Marjorie Scardino (No. 86) – CEO, Pearson, U.K.

Greta Van Susteren (No. 94) – Anchor, FOX News

Mindy Grossman (No. 96) – CEO, Home Shopping Network, U.S.

NYT’s Jill Abramson To Temporarily Focus On Digital

Talk about trial by fire: the New York Times’ managing editor Jill Abramson is putting aside her normal work for six months to do a “total immersion” in the paper’s digital side.

“We really want this to be one newsroom, and it is part of the way there, not all of the way there,” executive editor Bill Keller told the Times’ Media Decoder blog. “Jill came up with the idea that one of us — i.e., her — should do a full immersion.”

Dean Baquet
, an assistant managing editor and Washington bureau chief, Susan Chira, the foreign editor, and Larry Ingrassia, the business editor, will fill in for Abramson, each taking two-month stints, and the deputy editors in those slots will be watched to see how well they do as top editors in their positions.

So while one person gets a ton of training, unheard of at most organizations—in digital, no less!—, another three get to try their chops at what could be the logical next step in a few years, and even more get the same opportunity one stop down the totem pole.

Applause all around.

The Best Of Daedalus‘s The Future Of News

Ananova, the world’s first virtual newscaster
Daedalus is tackling the future of news in their spring issue, with fourteen essays from prominent writers and thinkers about what is happening to news media.

We selected our favorite quotes and collected them here.

The links are all to PDF files, but they’re not very large downloads.

New Economics for U.S. Journalism:
“[S]erious journalism can be supported with funding from a variety of sources behind carefully constructed firewalls built on traditional standards of journalistic ethics.”

During the 1960s, for example, general-interest magazines such as Look and The Saturday Evening Post began to die off as reader interest shifted to new publications like Sports Illustrated and People, which gained a large audience among those interested in sports and celebrities. Start-up online news organizations are making similar bets that they can become essential sources of serious news at a time when general-interest newspapers are losing readers and advertisers and are shrinking their news staffs, leaving critical gaps in news coverage.

Sustaining Quality Journalism by NYTimes managing editor Jill Abramson:

Amateur citizen-journalists sometimes do not have the skills and background to produce the most accurate journalism. Newspapers, with professional reporters and editors, still account for breaking the vast majority of important news stories, and some websites and bloggers are mainly drawing from news already published by newspapers.

The Case For Wisdom Journalism:

The Web allows our best journalists to surrender the prosaic task of telling everyone what just happened. It allows them to leave some coverage of speeches and press conferences to the cable networks and YouTube; to leave some interviews with investigators and survivors to diligent wire-service reporters; to fob off some surveillance of various backwaters on the gadflies and obsessives who replenish their blogs every couple of hours. The Web allows our best journalists—it requires them, I will argue—to return to an older and higher view of their calling: not as reporters of what’s going on but as individuals capable of providing a wise take on what’s going on….Ah, you say, but the front page of The New York Times can do a better job with a story than did an Associated Press account on Yahoo. Yes, but do those quotes from a couple of sagacious sources neglected by the AP, those three extra paragraphs putting the event in context, make up for the fact that you’ve already known this “news” for twenty hours? Hold on, you say, a version of this story was up on the Times website not long after Drudge, Huffington, and the others had it, and it was more measured and thorough. Yes, but is that all The New York Times is to be: The Huffington Post or the Associated Press but a little slower and somewhat better? Our best journalists need to find a new game to play.

Does Science Fiction Suggest Futures For News?:

Versions of [Max] Headroom, [a fictional cyborg journalist,] began to appear in the real world of news less than a generation later. In 2000, the British news agency Press Association introduced, billed as ‘the world’s first virtual newscaster.’…
The novelist Emile Souvestre’s The World as It Shall Be (1846) describes Le Grand Pan, “the paper that never sleeps,” as a print version of 24/7 cnn, reporting the news in the year 3000 as it happens. An immense roll of newsprint on large spools flows from the newspaper’s building, endlessly snaking along waist high in front of cafes, shops, and reading rooms, then climbing to a third-floor subscriber’s apartment and returning to street level, “hotly pursued by non-subscribers who hoped to snatch a little information as it went by.” The behavior of the non-subscribers suggests the behavior of Internet users today who choose to read newspapers for free online rather than pay for subscriptions.