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Dean Baquet has malignant tumor removed

The New York Times

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet “had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday and will spend about a week away from the office while recovering,” Ravi Somaiya reports in the Times.

Doctors discovered the tumor on Thursday, Mr. Baquet said, and felt that it required “immediate attention.” He had “minimally invasive, completely successful surgery,” he said, “and my doctors have given me an excellent prognosis.”

Here’s the email Baquet sent to staff Monday: … Read more

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Dean Baquet is now ‘much more skeptical’ about government claims of harm

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New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet told David Folkenflik it was “really painful” to lose the Edward Snowden scoops to The Guardian and The Washington Post. Snowden’s decision to take the documents to those outlets “was the bitter harvest of seeds sown by the Times almost a decade ago,” Folkenflik writes:

In the fall of 2004, just ahead of the November general elections, the Times’ news leadership spiked an exclusive from Washington correspondents James Risen and Eric Lichtblau, disclosing massive warrantless domestic eavesdropping by the NSA.

White House officials had warned that the results of such a story could be catastrophic.

The Times, in a decision led by then-Washington Bureau Chief Philip Taubman and then-Executive Editor Bill Keller, quashed the story, despite the objections of the two reporters, their editor Rebecca Corbett, and several of their colleagues.

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Stop fetishizing nasty editors, Dean Baquet says

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In an interview with NPR’s David Folkenflik, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet says he never gave Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. an ultimatum about now-former Executive Editor Jill Abramson. He also talks a little bit about management style.

“I’m not commenting on Jill’s relationship with the newsroom or management style. I’ll let others do that,” Baquet said. “But one thing that people say is newspapers always have tough [leaders]. I mean I’ve seen many elegies to ‘the city editor who changed my life because he was really nasty to me for six months and it made me a better person.’ I think that’s nuts.”

He added, “I don’t think that leaders have to be or should be rough on their people. Leaders have to make tough decisions.”

Earlier this week, former (Greensboro, North Carolina) News & Record Editor John Robinson tweeted something along those lines, bouncing off a Jim Romenesko post about a tough editor.… Read more

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Vanity Fair: Baquet’s ‘ultimatum of sorts’ led to Abramson ouster

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New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson, Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr and then Executive Editor Jill Abramson were all “actively recruiting” Guardian U.S. Editor-in-Chief Janine Gibson to a top digital role, Sulzberger says in an interview with Sarah Ellison in Vanity Fair.

Sulzberger calls the events around that hire “the wave.” Dean Baquet, then the newspaper’s managing editor, didn’t know Gibson “was being recruited for a job equal to his own,” she writes. At a lunch, “When Janine told Dean that she’d been offered the job of co-managing editor, he didn’t have a clue,” Sulzberger told Elllison. The story continues:

Baquet reportedly betrayed no irritation during his lunch with Gibson. But two days later, on Wednesday, May 7, he and Sulzberger had dinner.

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Great journalist or great manager: Who would you prefer for a boss?

I am going to begin this essay on leadership with an extended baseball analogy. I realize that this will make my argument sound “gendered,” and not in a good way, but I’ll take my chances.

There are a lot of good baseball managers out there, and one of them is Joe Maddon, skipper of our local team the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are struggling this year with injuries to their pitching staff, but under Maddon’s leadership they have become – with one of the lowest salary budgets – one of the consistently best teams in baseball.

There are lots of reasons for this success. One of them is Maddon. Players like to play for him. He has high standards for his players. He demands maximum effort.… Read more

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New York Post puts Jill Abramson on its front page

The New York Post put an Instagram photo by Jill Abramson’s daughter on its front page Friday.

Thursday night Ken Auletta followed his earlier report on Abramson’s firing with an account of the numbers behind a reported compensation dispute between her and The New York Times:

Let’s look at some numbers I’ve been given: As executive editor, Abramson’s starting salary in 2011 was $475,000, compared to [former Executive Editor Bill] Keller’s salary that year, $559,000. Her salary was raised to $503,000, and—only after she protested—was raised again to $525,000. She learned that her salary as managing editor, $398,000, was less than that of the male managing editor for news operations, John Geddes. She also learned that her salary as Washington bureau chief, from 2000 to 2003, was a hundred thousand dollars less than that of her successor in that position, Phil Taubman.

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‘Brilliant,’ ‘respected’ and ‘uniquely powerful’: Some different words about Jill Abramson

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After her firing from The New York Times on Wednesday, the media reported and repeated anonymous descriptions about Jill Abramson that made many of us cringe. She was pushy. Mercurial. Stubborn and condescending.

But on Thursday, several stories used different words to describe Abramson.

From Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor:

But let’s take a moment to celebrate the short but meaningful reign of Ms. Abramson. A brilliant journalist, she “kept the paper straight,” which was one of her stated aims; there was no scandal on her watch. She moved the journalism forward into the digital realm – let’s allow the word “Snowfall,” like “Rosebud” to say it all.

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Abramson out, Baquet in: What you need to know

Never do media reporters look more like the parabular blind men describing an elephant than when describing a complicated management transaction at an operation as large as The New York Times, which changed top editors Wednesday. Different sources offer different frames, sometimes for the same events, and even the people who know best what happened may offer varnished accounts. This post aims to offer a wide-angle view of the elephant’s contours.

The New York Times building, viewed from across the street Wednesday. (AP Photo)

Why Jill Abramson got fired

• Wednesday afternoon Ken Auletta wrote in The New Yorker that Abramson recently “discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs.”

“She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

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June 2011 and May 2014: Tweets from the start and the end of Abramson’s time at NYT

In June of 2011, many journalists learned through Twitter that Jill Abramson would become The New York Times’ new executive editor, Jeff Sonderman wrote for Poynter. He pulled together a Storify of some of those tweets, which serve as a parallel to Wednesday’s news, told mostly through Twitter, that Abramson had been replaced with Dean Baquet.

Here are some from then and now.

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New York Times fires Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson “has been dismissed” from her post as executive editor of The New York Times, the Times reported Wednesday. Dean Baquet will be the new executive editor.

Abramson in 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

In its press release, the New York Times Co. quoted Abramson as saying ” I thank [Publisher] Arthur [Sulzberger Jr.], who has been a steadfast protector of our journalism, for the chance to serve.”.

Ravi Somaiya and David Carr report in the Times that Sulzberger told staffers he made the change because of “an issue with management in the newsroom.” Abramson will not stay on at the paper in any capacity, a Times spokesperson told Poynter in an email.

In The New Yorker Ken Auletta reported Sulzberger fired Abramson Friday, an event he writes was precipitated by her reaction to the discovery that her predecessor, Bill Keller, had been paid more:

“She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

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