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.
AOL Reverses 401(k) Matching Plan After Outcry (Capital New York)
In a memo to staff Saturday evening, AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong reversed last week’s announcement that effectively rolled back the company’s 401(k) employer matching. That decision started to gain notoriety as Armstrong made a television appearance linking the decision to Obamacare. Later, in a staff-wide conference-call first reported by Capital New York, he mentioned two employees’ difficult pregnancies and neonatal care needs as having cost the company $2 million. Armstrong also apologized for those remarks in his memo. Re/code Armstrong: “I made a mistake and I apologize for my comments last week at the town hall when I mentioned specific health care examples in trying to explain our decision-making process around our employee benefit programs.” Slate / DoubleX One of those “distressed babies” was our daughter. We pay our premiums for a family health plan through AOL, which is why we had coverage on the morning I woke up in acute pain, only five months into what had been a completely smooth pregnancy.
Glenn Greenwald’s First Look Media to Release Snowden-Themed Digital Mag (Adweek)
First Look Media, the journalism venture led by former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has announced that it will launch its first digital magazine this week. The magazine, which will be the first in a series of single-topic online publications from First Look, will focus on Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks. Greenwald, journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras and the Nation‘s former national security correspondent, Jeremy Scahill, will oversee editorial operations. First Look Media / The Intercept We are very excited to welcome everyone to The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media (FLM). The Intercept, which the three of us created, is the first of what will be numerous digital magazines published by FLM. The Intercept has a two-fold mission: one short-term, the other long-term.
A National Review Exodus (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
National Review Online experienced a moment in the sun last October when it won widespread praise for its coverage of the government shutdown. Four months later, nearly the entire political team has decamped for greener pastures. “In almost the blink of an eye, they’ve got no political team, which is unfortunate,” said one former NRO writer. “It’s been completely decimated, nothing like it was at all.”
NBC Edits Out IOC Anti-Discrimination Statement From Opening Ceremony (Deadspin)
Russia’s anti-gay laws have been a major focus in the lead-up to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and during his address at the opening ceremony IOC president Thomas Bach made a strong statement against “any form of discrimination” and in favor of tolerance. Viewers worldwide heard the statement; NBC viewers in the U.S. did not, because the network edited it out.
Sony Shutters eBook Store (GalleyCat)
Sony, one of the early players in the eBook business, has closed its eBook store The Reader Store. The company did not explain why it shut down, but despite being early to the scene, Sony has lagged behind Amazon and others in device innovations and eBook sales penetration. All Sony client accounts will be transferred to Kobo, the Canadian-based eBook store that is owned by the Japanese commerce giant Rakuten.
CNN’s New Daytime Show Gets A Name: @THISHOUR (TVNewser)
CNN’s new 11 a.m. ET show officially has a name: @THISHOUR. The 11 a.m. ET show, anchored by John Berman and Michaela Pereira, debuts Monday as part of CNN’s revamped daytime lineup. @THISHOUR replaces Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield, which slides to the noon ET hour. CNN’s 1 p.m. ET hour, anchored by Wolf Blitzer, also gets a makeover and a new name as part of the changes — beginning Monday, the show will be called Wolf and will no longer be using the CNN Newsroom branding.
Getty Is ‘Leaning in’ When It Comes to Stock Photos (Mashable)
A picture says a thousand words. But Sheryl Sandberg and Getty Images didn’t like what those pictures were saying about women. Getty and Lean In will announce a partnership on Monday intended to change the perception of women in stock images used around the world. The two organizations have teamed up to create a new stock photo gallery called the “Lean In Collection,” which has 2,500 images that offer more positive and powerful perceptions of women.
Flappy Bird Creator Follows Through, Game Removed From App Stores (Forbes)
If you didn’t think he’d actually do it, you were wrong. Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen followed through with his promise to remove the game from app stores, and as his 22-hour deadline passed, the game was indeed taken down from Apple’s iOS store and the Android/Google Play marketplace. CNN Nguyen, a Vietnamese developer with a studio called DotGears, did not reply to CNN’s request for an interview last week and has stayed mostly quiet in the wake of the game’s recent and sudden success. His no-frills game gave players a chance to steer a tiny bird through an obstacle course of metal pipes. But it’s unclear why it shot to the top of the most downloaded charts.
HLN Wants to Be The Cable News Network for The Social Media Generation (BuzzFeed)
In the world of cable news networks, HLN is the low-talker, barely audible over screaming competitors Fox News, MSNBC, and even sibling network CNN. And while HLN sometimes produces decent ratings — usually tied to coverage of a salacious legal trial — two things it doesn’t generate for parent company Time Warner are respect and profits on par with those of its other cable networks. But the unconventional new executive chosen to head the channel tells BuzzFeed — in his first interview since taking the job — that he plans to radically re-imagine what used to be called CNN Headline News.
As The Line Between Platform And Publisher Continues to Blur, Who Wins And Who Loses? (GigaOM)
As publishing tools have become cheaper and more distributed, many have benefited from this ongoing democratization of distribution — whether it’s Twitter users posting newsworthy updates from war zones, or would-be authors publishing their thoughts on Medium. That’s the power of a platform that allows anyone to publish. It’s when the line blurs between platform and publisher that things start to get tricky, not just for writers but for readers as well.
Local Papers Shine Light in Society’s Dark Corners (NYT)
A lot of important journalism begins with a simple, seemingly obvious question, like why traffic is snarled in New Jersey on the way into New York. Traffic coverage may be the lowest species in the dog-bites-man pantheon of news, except when it is not. John Cichowski writes the “Road Warrior” commuter column for The Record, a daily newspaper in northern New Jersey that covers Bergen County. In September, the editor of the newspaper, Martin Gottlieb, received a tip from the publisher that navigating onto the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee was taking hours.
A Closer Look: Three Golden Ages of Journalism? (ProPublica)
It’s time that we embrace the dominance of the Web, not just say “digital first,” but mean it. News platforms are rising frequently on the Internet; some, like BuzzFeed, are amassing huge traffic and edging toward profitability. If I were the young journalists and journalism students here, that’s the kind of team I’d want to join.
Time Inc. Lays Off Workers as Boss Rakes in $1.4 Million Signing Bonus (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
Magazine monolith Time Inc. on Feb. 4 began laying off workers as the company gets ready to be spun off from TV/entertainment company Time Warner. According to The New York Times, as many as 500 jobs may be lost as a result of the reductions. The cuts will be “painful,” remarked CEO Joseph A. Ripp. One person who’ll likely be spared the pain will be Norman Pearlstine, whose hiring as executive vice president and chief content officer was announced last fall. According to an SEC filing, Pearlstine has a three-year contract that pays him (not less than) $900,000 per year, with a “bonus target” of $900,000 and a $1.4 million “sign-on bonus.” He’s also eligible for a “long term incentive compensation” with an annual target of $500,000.
Let Stephen Glass Back Into Journalism (CJR / The Kicker)
Stephen Glass, the wunderkind journalist who was discovered to have fabricated dozens of New Republic articles in 1998, is in trouble. This time, it’s his law career that has come to a screeching halt: The California Supreme Court blocked the writer-turned-paralegal from practicing law in the state late last month. But you don’t need to pass a state bar or obtain a license to work in journalism. Before he chases Jayson Blair down the motivational speaking rabbit hole, let’s welcome Stephen Glass back into the fold. Seriously.
At what age do you think it’s appropriate for kids to start using social media?
sheehanniganz the sooner, the better. Make sure they’re learning about it properly
ictjournalist when the can type eg 12 years
IMSujatha 16 years. If they are old enough to drive in real world, they possibly could navigate the virtual world responsibly and safely?