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1:45 PM ET, May 20, 2014

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Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Arthur Sulzberger's First Interview About the Turmoil at The New York Times: “I Would Have Done It Differently”  —  A week after the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times, the newspaper's publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., sat down with V.F.'s Sarah Ellison for an exclusive interview about the controversy.
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David Yanofsky / Quartz:
5 years later, only 2 of New York Magazine's 5 “renegade cybergeeks” are still at the NYT  —  Here's what's left of the team trying to “save the New York Times”  —  Aron Pilhofer, the associate managing editor for digital strategy at the New York Times, has just been named to a similar position at the Guardian.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
In speech, Sulzberger praises Jill Abramson as a “powerful” free press advocate  —  New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Praises Jill Abramson's Press Advocacy  —  NEW YORK — New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. praised recently ousted executive editor Jill Abramson …
Amanda Wilson / Guardian:
Amanda Wilson on the disruption of the news industry, and the challenges she faced as the first female editor of the Sydney Morning Herald  —  Life and death as a female editor  —  After the departures of Jill Abramson from the New York Times and Natalie Nougayrède from Le Monde …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Anna Holmes, Jezebel founder, joins Fusion as an editor of “digital voices and storytelling”  —  Jezebel's Anna Holmes Lands at Fusion, Too  —  Last month, High Profile Internet Person Felix Salmon left his perch at Reuters, then re-appeared, somewhat confusingly …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter Is Considering a Deal to Buy SoundCloud  —  Twitter may try to buy its way out of its growth problem by making another move into music.  —  The company is considering a deal to acquire SoundCloud, the music and audio-sharing company, according to people familiar with both companies.
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David Meyer / Gigaom:
Twitter's reported interest in SoundCloud may not have been about the music
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
New report from Poynter president Tim Franklin lays out plans for future of organisation  —  Poynter looks to change ‘how we work, where we work and how we financially support our work’  —  Since February, a screen in the Great Hall at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NPR to end ‘Tell Me More’, lay off 28  —  NPR will cease broadcast of its weekday program “Tell Me More,” resulting in the termination of 28 positions, it announced Tuesday.  —  The move, which will go into effect Aug. 1, it the latest step in the radio network's ongoing effort to stem budget deficits.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
First Look Media will give $550,000 to support press freedoms  —  First Look Media announced Tuesday that it will give $550,000 to support three organizations “at the forefront of integrating freedom of the press with technology,” according to the press release.  —  Those organizations are:
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
‘No smoking gun’ in case against Rebekah Brooks, court told  —  Ex-editor's barrister begins closing speech in phone-hacking trial, also claiming his client is disadvantaged by media ‘vitriol’  —  There is “no smoking gun” to support prosecution claims that Rebekah Brooks was the architect …
Zoë Schlanger / Newsweek:
UAE Halts Printing of New York Times Over Damning NYU Labor Article  —  Today's edition of the International New York Times, which carries an investigative report detailing the extremely harsh conditions of workers building New York University's campus in Abu Dhabi, will not be printed …
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