Views of the News: Jill Abramson's exit from the New York Times

May 20, 2014

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Why was Jill Abramson fired as executive editor the New York Times? Her story doesn’t mesh with that of Publisher Arthur Sulzberger. Was it over a pay dispute as she claims or about a management style Sulzberger says didn’t fit the newsroom?

Ken Auletta, New Yorker: “Why Jill Abramson was fired

Ken Auletta, New Yorker: "Jill Abramson, Arthur Sulzberger and the New York Times: What went wrong?"

David Carr & Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “Times ousts Jill Abramson as executive editor

Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair: “Arthur Sulzberger’s first interview about the turmoil at the New York Times: ‘I would have done it differently’

Margaret Sullivan, New York Times: “What might leadership change mean for Times readers?"

Ravi Romaiya, New York Times: “After criticism, Times publisher details decision to oust top editor

Ravi Romaiya, New York Times: “Times Co. chief addresses executive editor’s firing

Amanda Hess, Slate: “Woman at the top of the masthead

Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times: “Is fired N.Y. Times editor Jill Abramson the new Lilly Ledbetter?

Richard Prince, Quartz: “Yes, it’s a huge deal to have a black journalist run the New York Times

Monica Anderson, Pew Research Center: “As Jill Abramson exits the NY Times, a look at how women are faring in newsrooms

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Ira Glass: Jill, who?

This American Life host Ira Glass was asked for his response to Abramson's ouster while at the Peabody Awards in Athens, Ga., this week.  His response: "I have no idea who you're talking about."

Katie Van Syckle, New Yorker: “Ira Glass doesn’t care who edits the NYT

Rich Juzwiak, Gawker: “Ira Glass doesn’t know or care about Jill Abramson’s firing

New York Times digital in 'dire straits'

A 96-page internal document leaked to BuzzFeed shows a concern among New York Times management that the publication is behind the times in its digital efforts -- and needs to act quickly to remedy it.

Myles Tanzer, BuzzFeed: “EXCLUSIVE: Times internal report painted dire digital picture

Joshua Benton, Nieman Lab: “The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age

Lucia Moses, Digiday: “The New York Times’ digital challenges, in 5 charts

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Missouri magazine banned in prisons

The Missouri Department of Corrections has banned the May issue of St. Louis Magazine. That's because officials say an article detailing the final hours of a man executed in late January might incite other inmates.  The magazine's management is appealing the decision.

William Powell, St. Louis Magazine: “Missouri prisons ban St. Louis Magazine’s May issue over death penalty article

William Powell, St. Louis Magazine: “How we kill: The state of the death penalty

Kristen Hare, Poynter: “Missouri prison system bans St. Louis Magazine issue with story on death penalty

Jim Salter, Associated Press: “Media file lawsuit to challenge execution secrecy

Tony Rizzo, Kansas City Star: “Star, other news organizations sue Missouri over execution drug secrecy

Rachel Lippman & Associated Press, St. Louis Public Radio: “Suits challenge Missouri over secrecy about execution procedures

Michael Sam documentary… nixed

As quickly as it was announced, Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable network shelved plans to produce a documentary on Michael Sam's efforts to join the St. Louis Rams.

Cindy Boren, Washington Post: “Why Michael Sam documentary was postponed by OWN

Josh Katzowitz, CBS Sports: “NFL denies knowing about Michael Sam documentary before draft

Josh Sanchez, Sports Illustrated: “St. Louis Rams not bothered by Michael Sam’s documentary with Oprah’s network

Trudy Ring May, Advocate: “Michael Sam gets documentary series on OWN

Brown v. Board of Education... 60 years later

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the graduation speech in Topeka, Kan. in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to end segregation in U.S. schools.

Juana Summers, NPR: “How news organizations covered Brown’s 60th anniversary

Amanda Zamora, ProPublica: “Student perspectives on race and education in Tuscaloosa

Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star: “First ldy Michelle Obama challenges Topeka graduates to fight inequality

Michael Jackson's "live" performance... cool or creepy?

Almost five years after his death, the King of Pop performed "live" Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, thanks to hologram technology.

Andrew Kirell, Mediaite: “Here’s that Michael Jackson hologram performance you’ve been waiting for

Phil Gallo, Billboard: “Michael Jackson hologram rocks Billboard Music Awards: Go behind the scenes

Suzan Clarke, ABC: “Michael Jackson’s hologram rocks the house at Billboard Music Awards 2014