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NY Times Supports Legal Weed, But Won’t Let Staffers Toke

NYtimes buildingTalk about a buzz kill, brother bear. Over the weekend, The New York Times declared that it supported the complete decriminalization of marijuana, and yet, it won’t let employees share a bong in the newsroom.

A Times spokesperson told The Huffington Post that potential employees will still be required to pass a drug test before getting hired. “Our corporate policy on this issue reflects current law,” said the spokesperson. “We aren’t going to get into details beyond that.”

In a series of editorials, the Times said that pot should be legalized — just like tobacco and alcohol — and states should be responsible for making the call:

There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level.

Mario Batali’s NY Times Column Ends

Mario Batali’s “What I’m Drinking” column that ran in The New York Times Magazine for the past three years is done. Or cooked, if you prefer a cooking pun. The weekly column — which was fairly small — featured Batali describing how to make some sort of cocktail.

According to Jake Silverstein, the Times Magazine’s editor, Batali was the one who made the call. “I absolutely did not can him,” Silverstein told The New York Post. “He felt the column had run its course. He’d written everything he could about drinking, and it seemed a very natural end to it.”

Batali will now devote the time he used to writing that column to making Eataly less annoying.

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Andy Wright Named New York Times Magazine Publisher

Wright, AndyAndy Wright, a 17-year veteran of The New York Times, has been named publisher of the New York Times Magazine.

Wright was most recently senior VP of advertising, overseeing categories such as automotive, finance, real estate, technology and conferences. Wright also led the Times‘ San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta sales offices.

Wright will keep his senior VP of advertising title and continue to manage the conference sales category in his new role.

“Andy is an exceptional leader with the experience and commitment needed to guide The New York Times Magazine’s advertising business as it begins its transformation under new editorial leadership,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, the Times’ executive VP of advertising, said in a statement.

THR Adds Staffer, NY Times Expands Editorial Board

A couple moves to note this morning, involving The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times. Details are below.

  • Chris Gardner is joining THR as a staff writer. He’ll contribute to the magazine’s Rambling Reporter section. He comes to the magazine from MSN.
  • Ernesto Londoño is joining the New York Times editorial board. He most recently worked for The Washington Post as a Pentagon correspondent. At the Times, Londoño will write about foreign affairs.

The Jill Abramson Redemption Tour is Officially Underway

Jill Abramson, the New York Times executive editor who was abruptly fired months ago — has officially begun her redemption tour. Not that she needs to be redeemed — if anything, we’d say she came out looking much better than the Times did after all the dust settled.

However, in her first interview (nice get, Cosmopolitan) since being cut by the paper of record, Abramson explained why, exactly, she’s speaking out. It’s for the kids, dammit.

“Is it hard to say I was fired? No. I’ve said it about 20 times, and it’s not,” Abramson told Cosmo. “I was in fact insistent that that be publicly clear because I was not ashamed of that. And I don’t think young women — it’s hard, I know — they should not feel stigmatized if they are fired.”

Abramson added that she didn’t regret admitting that she cried after Politico published a piece bashing her management style, because young women need to understand that it’s okay to be, well, to be yourself.

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NY Times Names Arthur Gregg Sulzberger Editor for Strategy

The New York Times has named Arthur Gregg Sulzberger — son of publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. — its senior editor for strategy. Sulzberger, widely believed to be an eventual successor to his father, has been with the paper since 2009.

Per a memo from Dean Baquet — the Times’ executive editor —  in his new role, Sulzberger will “aggressively search for the trends and developments in the industry — from the way people read us as they bounce from mobile to print, to the most Timesian way of finding and grooming a new and bigger audience.”

You can read the full note from Baquet below.

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NY Times Adds Styles Columnist

The New York Times has added Katie Rosman as a Sunday Styles editor and columnist. Rosman comes to the paper from The Wall Street Journal, where she had worked since 2004. She most recently served as a features reporter for the Journal’s Personal Journal section.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to work for the @WSJ for ten years,” tweeted Rosman. “It is a fantastic publication and the home of my dearest friends.”

Rosman will join the Times later this summer.

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.

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