NYT and WSJ both have detailed stories on how the Bancrofts came around to at least be willing to meet Rupert Murdoch and consider other sales options as well.
— WSJ: Behind the Bancrofts’ Shift at Dow Jones
— NYT 1: How the Bancrofts Decided to Talk With Murdoch
— NYT 2: Some on Journal Staff Voice Wish That Different Bidder Would Emerge
Also in that WSJ story — the Bancroft-Murdoch meeting is scheduled for Monday; “the meeting is expected to deal solely with issues related to journalistic integrity.” The Bancrofts will be joined by M. Peter McPherson, non-executive chairman of the DJ board and president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.