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Jill Abramson: ‘I Was Fired Because of My Quote-Unquote Management Skills’

Jill Abramson — the former executive editor of The New York Times who was abruptly cut by the paper months ago — will never go for long periods of time without being asked about the incident. It’s a shame, but it’s difficult to move on from drama that takes place at the world’s best newspaper.

This is why, during a speech about the Times national security coverage at the Chautauqua Institution, Abramson was once again asked why she was fired.

“I was fired because of my quote-unquote management skills — and to be honest with you, I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that means,” Abramson replied.

This doesn’t shed any new light on the situation, because there isn’t really anything left to be said. But if you’re Abramson, people will always want you to talk about it anyway.

NY Times Shutters Another Blog

The Great New York Times Blog Shutdown of 2014 continues. The Times has announced that it’s shuttering India Ink, its first country-specific blog. On the blog’s homepage, a message informed readers that the end had arrived.

“We will continue to produce web-only India Ink sketches, analyses, narratives and news stories, but they will appear on the World page, along with the rest of the newspaper’s coverage,” read the note. India Ink launched in 2011 and featured content produced by 21 Times staffers based in India.

Last week it was revealed that the Times planned to shutter many of its blogs. The first to go was The Lede.

NY Times Names Cara Buckley New Carpetbagger

The New York Times has named Cara Buckley as its new Carpetbagger blogger. As the Carpetbagger, Buckley will be tasked with covering the endless Hollywood award shows. Prior to covering culture for the Times, Buckley served as a reporter for its metro desk for seven years.

“As a new addition to the department, Cara has already made many of her inimitable talents known, expertly interviewing several of this year’s nominees while doggedly covering the scuttlebutt of the 2014 race,” wrote the Times’ culture editor, Danielle Mattoon, wrote in a memo.

Buckley is succeeding Melena Ryzik, who will now focus on general news and features.

Web App Transforms Embarrassing Articles to NY Times Articles

You probably don’t want your boss or colleagues to know that you enjoy reading articles like “Madonna Tests Out Her MDNA Skincare Brand, Posts Selfies to Demonstrate its Amazingness” or “Old Lady’s Jam is Seriously a Lil Jon Song,” so what do you do? You use Timesify.

Timesify is a web app that transforms the crap you usually enjoy reading into a Times article. The content you actually want to read is included below a short blurb that tips you off on what the Times article is about. Just in case anyone wants to know. Now you can read all the worst things on the Internet (like god intended) without facing any of the consequences.

Be warned though: Timesify doesn’t always work right. For example, someone we know just tried to use it to read an article titled “Mariah Carey Ready to Divorce Nick Cannon Soon?” and Timesify posted the article, but not a Times headline or blurb.

NY Times Corrects World Cup Error

The New York Times issued the above correction to an article covering Germany’s World Cup win over Portugal.

It’s a pretty bad mistake, but to be fair, 1990 does seem like it was about 924 years ago. The year’s biggest music hits were Madonna’s Vogue, Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U, Roxette’s It Must Have Been Love and Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This. This, incidentally, makes us wonder: Why the sudden affinity for replacing “you” with “u?” Did Sinead and Hammer collaborate on that?

Dean Baquet has Malignant Tumor Removed

Dean Baquet GIt has been an interesting couple of months for Dean Baquet, to say the least. The executive editor of The New York Times had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday, only two days after doctors discovered it and felt it required immediate attention.

In a memo to Times staffers, Baquet sounded upbeat about the situation. He described the surgery as “minimally invasive” and “completely successful.” “My doctors have given me an excellent prognosis,” added Baquet.

The Times’ top editor also wrote that while he would be spending a week away from the paper to recover, he would “remain in touch with the newsroom leadership.”

Baquet was named the executive editor of the Times just last month. As you’ve probably heard by now (several times, we imagine), Baquet’s ascension came under murky circumstances in which Jill Abramson was fired.

Hopefully the next couple of months are a lot calmer for Baquet than the last two.

NY Times’ Nick Bilton Shifts to Styles Section

Nick Bilton, the tech and business columnist for The New York Times, is shifting gears. According to a tweet from Bilton — who also serves as the Times lead writer for its Bits blog — he’s moving to the Styles section.

Bilton will be penning “a column about the way technology is changing society and culture.” His first entry will likely appear in early July.

As part of the change, Bilton is also physically moving — from San Francisco to LA.

NY Times Inks Distribution Deal with Trump Hotels

NYtimes buildingDonald Trump might not enjoy The New York Times, but someone at his hotel chain sure does. The Times just announced a digital distribution partnership with Trump Hotel Collection that will allow guests to access NYTimes.com for free during their stays.

All guest have to do is ask for the login information at the front desk, then use the hotel’s wi-fi and presto! Free access to a paper that Trump absolutely hates.

Trump Hotels currently has locations in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Waikiki, Miami, Toronto, Panama, and Doonbeg, Ireland.

Jill Abramson to Teach at Harvard

Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times who was unceremoniously fired last month, has a new gig — teacher. Abramson is joining Harvard University’s English Department this coming fall to teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction.

“I’m honored and excited to be teaching at Harvard in the coming academic year,” Abramson told Harvard. “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever.  Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.”

This just goes to show you smart people will find their place somewhere. Plus, this seems like a match made in heaven. Not only is Abramson a Harvard grad, she also has the school’s “H” as a tattoo.

Yes, she also has a Times “T” tattoo, but we’re not talking about that anymore.

NY Times Launches ‘NYT Cooking’ Site

The New York Times has launched a new cooking/recipes site, NYT Cooking. The site is currently in beta, but if you’re someone who likes to cook, it’s worth a look.

Among the features: You can save recipes to your Recipe Box and organize them by “Collections” or pre-set categories, like Main Dish, Side Dish and Dessert. If you’re not the brightest bulb in the kitchen ceiling, NYT Cooking denotes simple recipes with a big “Easy” marker. You can even look into several Times’ staffers (including Julia Moskin, Mark BittmanSam Sifton and more) Recipe Boxes for inspiration. There’s even a powerful search option that provides endless filter options, like “weekday,” “fish,” “gluten fee,” etc.

Take a minute and check it out by entering your Times subscription info or your NYTimes.com email and password. And if you end up making that rock fish and spinach gratin, give your FishbowlNY editors a heads up. We’ll bring the wine. Or bourbon. Or just our handsome selves.

Correction (6/10, 10:02 am):
An earlier version of this post stated that visitors to NYT Cooking needed a Times subscription to use the site. Visitors only need to be registered to NYTimes.com to use NYT Cooking. A Times subscription isn’t necessary.

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