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6:50 PM ET, May 17, 2014


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Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger publicly defends firing of Abramson, citing poor management, denies pay issues  —  N.Y. Times defends Abramson firing  —  New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. released a statement on Saturday stating that former executive editor Jill Abramson was fired because …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
NYT CEO Mark Thompson reiterates assertion that pay didn't play role in Abramson's firing  —  Times Co. Chief Addresses Executive Editor's Firing  —  The controversy over the firing of Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times, continued on Friday …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
The NYT's Game of Thrones: How the Top Journalism Job Was Dangled at Guardian Editor
AT&T Set To Announce DirecTV Acquisition Sunday  —  “The deal is done.”  —  AT&T is on track to announce its acquisition of the satellite company DirectTV this Sunday, before markets open Monday and sooner than many observers anticipated, a source familiar with DirecTV's plans told BuzzFeed.
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Dean Baquet, from New Orleans reporter to executive editor of the New York Times  —  There was a bullet in the barroom wall.  And the kid reporter had to have it.  —  It mattered little to Dean Baquet and his reporting partner, another youngster named Jim Amoss, that the owner …
Rachel Bartlett /
How The Economist will deliver a daily radio programme to its digital audience, by curating audio versions of its blog posts as well as podcasts  —  How The Economist will deliver a daily radio programme to its digital audience, by curating audio versions of its blog posts as well as podcasts
Capital New York:
The 60-second interview: Sharon Waxman, founder of The Wrap  —  CAPITAL: TheWrap just launched a syndicated news wire service, WrapWire.  Tell me a little about the new wire service.  Was there a fundamental problem that you were trying to solve or is this more of a value add for TheWrap?
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
How Ziff Davis Came Back From the Dead By Embracing Ad Tech  —  It's the big question in digital media: how to make money amid a sea of competing sites and steadily declining ad prices.  Vivek Shah thinks he has the solution.  —  As head of Ziff Davis, publisher of, …
Discussion: @digitalshields and @neilthackray
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
The Full New York Times Innovation Report  —  An internal report on innovation at the New York Times acquired by Mashable highlights the paper's struggle to embrace digital publishing.  —  BuzzFeed on Thursday published an almost-complete version of the report, which highlights some of the issues …
Tess VandenDolder / InTheCapital:
Associated Press:
Lawyer: Philly newspaper auction set for May 27  —  The feuding owners of Philadelphia's two largest newspapers will vie for the company at a head-to-head auction set for May 27.  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are being sold for the fifth time since 2006, as the industry struggles to stay afloat.
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
Buzzfeed finds a gender pay gap at higher levels in quick non-random survey of 900 journalists  —  Here's What Female And Male Journalists Actually Make  —  Nearly 900 journalists (anonymously) responded to BuzzFeed's salary survey.  Men and women appear to start their media careers on the same footing …
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