Major NY Times Editorial Shuffle: For the First Time, No White Men on Top

The journalism world is agog with wonder at, and analysis, of the new staff announcements for the New York Times. And indeed, inasmuch as such reshuffling can effect change at massive entrenched institutions like the Times , (which it can, if slowly) then this is definitely positive news for the reading public and our "paper of record."

Bill Keller, the Executive Editor, has stepped down and will be replaced with Jill Abramson, who was his "right-hand woman" for much of the past decade, and will be the first woman at the editorial helm. Moving into her newly-vacated seat is Dean Baquet, an African-American. So for the first time, the top two editorial positions will not include any white men. It seems appropriate for a post Obama-Hillary age.

Another nice aspect to this move is Abramson's interest in the online aspect of newsgathering.

From the Times' own announcement:


Ms. Abramson came to The Times in 1997 from The Wall Street Journal, where she was a deputy bureau chief and an investigative reporter for nine years. She rose quickly at The Times, becoming Washington editor in 1999 and then bureau chief in 2000.


Ms. Abramson stepped aside temporarily from her day-to-day duties as managing editor last year to help run The Times’s online operations, a move she asked to make so she could develop fuller, firsthand experience with the integration of the digital and print staffs.

Mr. Baquet’s career has included reporting and editing jobs at some of the country’s largest newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He was national editor for The New York Times before leaving to become managing editor of The Los Angeles Times in 2000. He became that paper’s editor in 2005’ but left in 2006 after his efforts to resist further cuts to the newsroom strained relations with the paper’s owners.

Now, if you want some of the more gossipy, insider info, check out this feature at Business Insiderand this "power map" atMuck Tracker.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at June 2, 2011, 5:40am

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