Jill Abramson isn't interested in political 'scooplets'

Media Matters

In an interview with Joe Strupp about the Times' political coverage, Executive Editor Jill Abramson criticizes some news outlets' -- she doesn't say which ones -- emphasis on campaign minutiae: "My word for some of that news is 'scooplets.' ... They are kind of evanescent." However, she praises political coverage in general. She believes she's the first executive editor not to go to the afternoon news meeting, opting instead for the morning meeting at which that day's home page and the next day's front page are discussed. She leaves the afternoon session to Managing Editor Dean Baquet, whom she's given "broad authority over the daily news report." || Ironically, a scooplet? The Washington Post's Erik Wemple notes this line in a New Hampshire Union Leader story about Republican presidential candidate Jon Hunstman Jr. moving his headquarters to New Hampshire: "Ironically, though, the first media outlet the Huntsman campaign informed of its move to New Hampshire and renewed focus on New Hampshire was The New York Times." || Related: Gawker's Hamilton Nolan writes that Abramson will continue the Q&A sessions held by her predecessor Bill Keller. Keller called them "Throw things at Bill." The new name? Grill Jill.

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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