Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of The New York Times, says he would have done things differently in choosing his executive editor. His candid interview with Vanity Fair attempts to explain his perspective on the events that led to the dismissal last week of Jill Abramson, but the remarks are not bound to let any dust settle. He indicated there was a pattern of managerial problems, mostly interpersonal, with Abramson and her team, and that her offer of a co-managing editor's role to Janine Gibson of The Guardian without her incumbent managing editor's understanding was effectively the start of a chain of events that led Abramson out the door.
Sam Kirkland, writing for Poynter, examines the recent decline of the home page. More and more people are engaging the website through the side door of social media. Kirkland argues that the home page remains a valuable asset. The most valuable asset, though, might be the mobile app, and the extent of its value is yet known.
The Pierre Omidyar-financed First Look Media is extending support to press freedom organizations with $550,000 US in grants to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. First Look has launched The Intercept under Glenn Greenwald and plans a range of digital magazines. To help pay for this investment, it intends to create newsroom software technology it will introduce and sell.