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Jill Abramson Discusses The New York Times

Yesterday, before heading off to catch what was probably the whitest Jay-Z concert ever, Jill Abramson spoke to people at South by Southwest about the future of The New York Times. The discussion covered a wide array of topics, and at times Abramson came off as a bit arrogant, but hey, that’s what happens when you’re in charge of the best paper in the world.

Below are some highlights, via Poynter.

  • Abramson said that the reason the Times is succeeding (to the degree that you can call losing boatloads of money “succeeding”) when other paper’s are failing, is “our news report is like nowhere in the world in terms of depth and breadth.”
  • “It’s different.” That was Abramson’s reply to being asked if The Wall Street Journal is worse with Rupert Murdoch overseeing it.
  • On the difference between her and Bill Keller: “He reads poetry on the subway. I’m reading my horoscope in the NY Post on the subway.”
  • When asked why the Times seems to lack links — a hot topic of late — Abramson said, “Linking out to other quality sources of news, of which there are many, is something you’re going to see more.”
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