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Jill Abramson’s Departure Is Bad News for The New York Times


Yesterday’s announcement that The New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was leaving the Grey Lady to be replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet came as a big surprise to all who don’t work in the NYT newsroom. The politics behind the move have unraveled at a record pace since then.

Unfortunately, the more we learn about it, the more we can guarantee that the story won’t end well for the paper of record. The biggest reveal to date came courtesy of Ken Auletta at The New Yorker: seems that Abramson didn’t just make less money than the men who preceded her–she made less than her own deputy.

The issue: how did the Times so completely lose control of this story?

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WSJ, NYTimes PR War Heats Up As WSJ Launches NY Edition Today

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Today, The Wall Street Journal launched “Greater New York,” a new section of the newspaper, “dedicated to coverage of and commentary on the New York City metropolitan area.” Of course, this new section will compete directly with The New York Times.

Robert Christie, SVP of Communications at The New York Times Company circulated a presentation to media this morning. The subject line of the email stated, “READ BEFORE WSJ PRESSER.” Christie formerly worked for Journal parent Dow Jones up until this past March.

We’ve posted a copy of the presentation after the jump. Christie said in the email:

I thought you would be interested in this PowerPoint that details the strength of The New York Times franchise, its ability to reach affluent, influential and female readers. It also details the news department’s ability to break important, market-moving, agenda-setting stories in New York, on Wall Street, in Washington and around the world.

Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger and president & CEO Janet Robinson issued a memo to staff with a few jabs at the Journal:

So as our welcome gift to New York, we pass on a few helpful hints to our Journal colleagues: the Dodgers now play in Los Angeles, Soho is the acronym for South of Houston, Fashion Week has moved to Lincoln Center, Idlewild is now JFK and Cats is no longer playing on Broadway.

We’ve posted a full copy of the Journal‘s press release after the jump. There are many new opportunities for PR professionals, including more local travel, arts, sports, innovation and real estate coverage.

The Journal also teamed up with with Foursquare, a location-based social network, “to create Wall Street Journal badges and tips related to Greater New York content.”

For more updates throughout the day, visit our sibling blog, FishbowlNY.

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Weekend Ticker: Calacanis vs. NYTimes; Nikki Finke vs Variety & PaidContent; Jersey’s image; Goldman & Toyota

This Week in Startups: Jason Calacanis via YouTube (above), “Arthur Sulzberger, you are an idiot if you sell The New York Times through the app store.”

Press release: Reporters from The New York Times, Star-Ledger, News 12, and PRNewser (yours truly) join New Jersey State Senator Anthony Bucco and Michael Genevrino, Director of the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission to discuss the impact of “Jersey Shore” on the state’s reputation

Crenshaw imPRessions: What Goldman Can Learn From Toyota: Apology Communications

PaidContent: A response to the ‘Leading Voices’ column about future of Variety and Hollywood Reporter vs. the new guard of TheWrap, Deadline Hollywood and others