CHANNELS

Subscribe to the InfoTech eNewsletter

infoTECH News

TMCNet:  Bill Keller, Former New York Times Executive Editor, to Join the Marshall Project as Editor-in-Chief

[February 10, 2014]

Bill Keller, Former New York Times Executive Editor, to Join the Marshall Project as Editor-in-Chief

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

Bill Keller, New York Times opinion columnist and its executive editor from 2003 to 2011, announced he is leaving the paper to join the Marshall Project as its first editor-in-chief. The Marshall Project is a not-for-profit, non-partisan journalism organization dedicated to covering the US criminal justice system.

"The Marshall Project is an irresistible opportunity to take some of what I've learned from The Times's past decade of reinvention, to learn some new things, and to build a modern journalistic enterprise from scratch," Mr. Keller said. "The New York Times has given me some of the best jobs in journalism, and many of the best colleagues. I'm deeply grateful for the adventures and the lessons and the camaraderie of the world's finest news organization, and I'm proud to think I played some part in securing its future."

New York Times Publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., said, "While I am sorry to lose Bill's thoughtful and experienced voice from our Op-Ed page, I am excited for him. He is a great choice to build what sounds to be an exciting new journalistic organization. Bill has been a highly valued and trusted colleague in so many ways over several decades and I will miss him. He leaves with my sincere gratitude and best wishes."

The Marshall Project was founded by former hedge fund manager Neil Barsky, who will serve as publisher. Mr. Barsky is also a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and directed the 2013 documentary film KOCH.

"Our goal is to create a first-class news organization that will spark a national conversation about the troubled US criminal justice system," Mr. Barsky said. "Bill Keller's career as a reporter, editor and columnist exemplifies the principles of intellectual independence, fairness and creativity that will help the Marshall Project have an immediate impact. We are thrilled to have the benefit of his leadership."

Bill Keller served as executive editor of The New York Times from 2003 to 2011. Keller's journalism career has included stints at the Oregonian, Congressional Quarterly and the Dallas Times Hrald. For the Times, he served as Moscow and Johannesburg bureau chief, foreign editor and managing editor, before being named executive editor of the paper in 2003. Mr. Keller won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1988.

The Marshall Project will have an annual operating budget of $4-$5 million, and a full-time staff of 20-25 journalists. Funding for the Marshall Project will come from foundations and individuals.

In recent years, non-profit digital news organizations have emerged as innovative leaders in the field of journalism, and routinely produce some of the nation's highest caliber enterprise and investigative reporting. Two online non-profit organizations, Pro Publica and Inside Climate News, have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes.

"We believe that with the tools now available for gathering, testing, presenting and distributing information, we can create a national hub where aggressive reporting, rigorous analysis and stimulating conversation converge," Mr. Keller said. "One in 31 American adults lives under the supervision of the criminal justice system - in prison or jail, or on parole or probation. Millions more are tied to that system as enforcers or victims, advocates or academics, policymakers or journalists. This is a subject that defines us. If we are successful, we can hold the system more accountable for delivering on its promise of humane and effective justice."

Mr. Keller begins his new role March 1st. The Marshall Project will begin publishing sometime in the second quarter of 2014.

In addition to serving as publisher of the Marshall Project, Mr. Barsky will continue to serve as the chairman of the board of overseers at the Columbia Journalism Review.

ABOUT THE MARSHALL PROJECT

The Marshall Project is founded on two simple ideas:

1) There is a pressing national need for excellent journalism about the U.S. court and prison systems.�The U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. From spiraling costs, to controversial drug laws, to prison violence, to concerns about systemic racial bias, there is a growing bipartisan consensus that America's criminal justice system is in dire need of reform. As traditional media companies cut back on enterprise reporting, the Marshall Project will serve as a dynamic digital hub for information and debate on the legal and corrections systems.

2) With growing awareness of the system's failings, now is an opportune moment to launch a national conversation about criminal justice.�There are numerous indications of the country's appetite for reform. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently proposed sweeping changes to mandatory sentencing guidelines for drug offenses. In New York State, the Rockefeller drug laws were amended to give judges more discretion over sentencing. Marijuana is now decriminalized or legal in 15 states. And for the first time in decades, the national prison population is beginning to decline.

The Marshall Project will combine the best of the old and the new in journalism. We will achieve our goals through the use of conventional investigative reporting and opinion writing, and embrace new technologies currently transforming the media, including interactive graphics, immersive digital stories, short video documentaries and content generated by our readers. We will curate the daily torrent of criminal justice news from publications around the country, highlight the work of advocacy groups on both the right and left, host debates, and drive a lively discussion on social media.

The Marshall Project
www.TheMarshallProject.org
Twitter (News - Alert): @marshallproj

Mailing Address
250 W. 57th�Street, Suite 2514
New York, NY 10107


[ InfoTech Spotlight's Homepage ]


blog comments powered by Disqus

FOLLOW US

Subscribe to InfoTECH Spotlight eNews

InfoTECH Spotlight eNews delivers the latest news impacting technology in the IT industry each week. Sign up to receive FREE breaking news today!
FREE eNewsletter