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Cutting Men’s Pay in the Newsroom to Give More to Women Is a Great Idea

This post is by Angela Washeck, Karen Fratti and Mona Zhang.

paygapWhat should newsroom leaders do if they inherit pay inequalities, but lack the budget to give raises? It’s certainly a difficult newsroom issue, and something that Poynter asked former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson about.

Abramson said:  “You bring the guys down to give a little more to the girls… I did that at The Times. No one’s happy to get a cut, but too bad.”

One of our contributors took issue with this, writing: “Cutting a journalist’s salary purely based on gender doesn’t seem quite fair either.”

While we can see why an underpaid journo may be unhappy with such an arrangement, some of us at 10,000 Words took issue with this view. Sure, cutting a journalist’s salary because he is male “doesn’t seem quite fair,” but getting paid less because of your gender is unfair.

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Jill Abramson, Steven Brill Back Long-Form Journalism Start-Up

jill abramson picA new start-up venture spearheaded by former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and award-winning journalist/Court TV founder Steven Brill focusing on long-form journalism says it will advance writers around $100,000 to produce substantial, longer-than-magazine length articles, according to Poynter.

Abramson, who fleshed-out plans for the as-yet unnamed venture at a Journalism and Women’s Symposium last weekend in California, said the venture will feature one story per month and will be available by subscription.

Although Abramson did not elaborate on potential investors, she said that she and Brill “were very close” to a possible deal with a funder.

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Link Round Up: The Only Things You Need to Read About Jill Abramson and the NYT

timestattooAre you exhausted, too? It’s been over a week and I finally stopped reading every piece of commentary, reporting, and bloviating over Jill Abramson’s termination and the general mess over at the New York Times. How many keys have been clicked over the fate of equal pay and digital innovation? How many hours thumbing through a Twitter feed? A lot. Luckily for you, whether you can’t stop obsessing over it or were too swamped to care, I managed to find a few gems.

Here are the must reads so you can hold your end of a conversation on the matter at your Memorial Day barbeque with all your media minded friends (because you know everyone you know works in the biz, too, right?).

Mathew Ingram over at GigaOM always has good insight on all things digital and in this piece he manages to see a bigger problem below the noise about the executive changes over at the Grey Lady. Conclusion? The Times‘ problems are real, and Baquet likes print a little too much. Now is not the time for nostalgia. Here’s hoping.

And then there was solidarity and humor. Another self described “bossy lady,Kara Swisher, penned a post last weekend about what it means to be a “pushy” woman in media and how the Times bungled the whole ordeal. And this:

Let me see if I can say it more simply than Sulzberger: She was a real pain in my ass and so she had to go. I can relate, to say the least. As one of the few top editors in tech journalism who is a woman and, even from my many years of reporting before that, I cannot tell you the number of times that I have been called a pain in the ass for my aggressive manner. Silly me, but that kind of tonality is exactly what makes for a successful journalist — you know, afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted — and what is more often than not needed in the sometimes rough-and-tumble world of media.

Newly appointed editor over at Fusion Margarita Noriega had a reaction similar to mine — and even if you’re sick of reading about Abramson, this (and all of her tweets and tiny posts) are required reading if you want to be my friend. “Hey media, get a clue,” sums everything up. And has good Larry David GIFs.

Lastly, if you insist on delving into it (which is probably a decent idea), read only the analysis by Ken Doctor and the summary of that leaked (printed!) innovation report over at Nieman Lab.

Your welcome. I’m going to take a much needed unofficial start of summer weekend break from Twitter and the future of digital newsrooms, now. I’ve had enough.

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Three Career Tips from the Bottom/Middle of the Masthead

Most of us strive to make it to the top of our chosen professions. It’s not easy to get there, however, so it never hurts to take some tips from those that are already at “the top of the masthead.” This past week, The New Yorker profiled Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times.

Based on that interview, Forbes blogger Victoria Pynchon came up with this great list of “Ten Career Lessons from the Top of the Masthead.” She lists items such as, “don’t hide your creativity under a bushel” or “be a black belt infighter.”

Pynchon’s list made me think of the other end of the spectrum: Those of us who aren’t at the top of our field, but are either in the beginning or somewhere in the middle. Here are five things I think would be included on that kind of list of career tips. Read more