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The Jill Abramson Piece Extravaganza Has Begun

Now that Jill Abramson is the Executive Editor of The New York Times, we can all expect about 1,734 profiles about her to be written in the next couple of weeks. Today alone three pieces about Abramson were posted, so let’s take a look, shall we?

WWD discusses how Abramson’s management style – bold and passionate – is different than the methods that were used by Bill Keller, and whether that will be a good thing for the paper. FishbowlNY doesn’t understand how caring can be a bad thing, but the people quoted in the piece seem unsure about that:

‘With Jill, it’s more about her,’ said one senior editor at the Times, who requested anonymity. ‘When Bill is in the room, he sits there quietly.’

‘Jill has always been more tense than Bill and that makes other people tense,’ said the senior newsroom source. ‘She needs to rise above that a bit and have the calmness of a great leader.’

Bottom Line: Abramson is fiery and that might cause some tension in the newsroom, but maybe that’s a good thing.

The next Abramson piece comes from The New York Observer (check out its new website, which looks great). When it’s not dwelling on Norse mythology, the article details how Abramson hasn’t compromised who she is during her climb to the top. Her long time friend, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer, explains:

We don’t have to necessarily wear padded shoulders that make us look like men or be serious 24 hours a day about everything. She can both kick ass more than anyone as a news person and make a great salad dressing. That’s the ultimate liberation.

Bottom Line: Abramson is the true definition of a powerful woman.

The Guardian Abramson piece focuses on her New York roots (she’s got a tattoo of a subway token, in case you haven’t heard that a million times already), and features Abramson reflecting on what it means to be the Times’ first female Executive Editor:

I know I didn’t get this job because I’m a woman; I got it because I’m the best qualified person. But nonetheless what it means to me is that the executive editor of the New York Times is such an important position in our society, the Times itself is indispensable to society, and a woman gets to run the newsroom, which is meaningful.

Bottom Line: Abramson knows she’s the right person for the job, and understands the pressure that’s coming with it.

There you have it. All three Abramson articles summed up; short and sweet. There’s probably 57 more being written right now though, so we hope you’re ready for them.

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