New York Times Editor Jill Abramson gets an ‘F’ in Twitter — from her kids

MarketWatch | Capital New York
At a meet and greet for media reporters, new New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson spoke with Jon Friedman about her experience on Twitter:

“I don’t keep up with Twitter all day long. I am just a beginner. My kids tell me how terrible my Tweets are. They give me a Twitter (grade of) F.”

Abramson says she often reads the Times on her iPad app in the early morning and described herself as a “culture vulture” and a “political junkie.” When asked “What do you worry about?” the paper’s first female editor had this to say:

Abramson gave an answer I’d never heard before: “I don’t” worry, she shot back with a weary smile. “The last thing I do every night is to take my dog” — a golden retriever, for you dog lovers — “for a long walk, of, say, 45 minutes. What is there to worry about when New York City is so gorgeous?”

Joe Pompeo, who was also at the Houndstooth Pub, uncovered a few of her concerns:

She said that she’d spent the summer in a state of anticipatory worry; since Sept. 6, when she started in the role, some of that insecurity has faded. But not all.

“I want to do well in this job,” she said, “and sometimes I worry that I won’t.”

Another worry, according to a person who was at a newsroom brown-bag lunch in June, Pompeo reports, is “that she would be called out as an imposter.” || Earlier this week: Female journalists disagree with Abramson about women’s taste in stories

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  • Ed Murrieta

    Were Bill Keller’s kids mentioned when his techness was questioned? Coverage of women is different from coverage of men. 

  • Stefan Constantinescu

    Sounds like she’s using Twitter in a completely sane way. The folks who run TweetDeck on a second monitor in full screen mode for 8 hours a day are the nutjobs.

    “What is there to worry about when New York City is so gorgeous?”

    She’s living in the moment, which not many of us can say we do.