Tweets from Jill Abramson’s Friday fireside chat at Harvard (photo via Justin Ellis):
Abramson: “This intro is so diplomatic. @AMLwhere left out the part about me being fired. Talk abt burying the lede.”
@JillAbramson says cuts at the NYT haven’t focused on “news gathering muscle,” says the newsroom is as big as it was a decade ago.
Abramson said she thought NYT Now was “perfection,” optimized for mobile, made into bullets, targeted for mornings and night.
@JillAbramson says she uses the NYT Now app and hopes they stick with it.
“I’m not trying to be a Pollyanna” and say citizens can cover everything, but Hong Kong shows it can be done, says Abramson.
On “Angry Black Woman” & lack of editors of color, Abramson: “I though when I read that shame on me, I should have focused on that”
“We no longer live in a world where something isn’t covered if CNN isn’t there” – ex-NYT editor Jill Abramson on Twitter and social media
Jill Abramson: ‘I read an article about Sheryl Sandberg that said she ‘chirped’. You’d never say Mark Zuckerberg ‘chirped’./CONTINUES
Duke lacrosse coverage by the NYT was an example of “journalism gone wrong” – Jill Abramson
‘As long as it’s based on rigorous reporting, I have no problem with a story having a point of view.’- Jill Abramson on objectivity.
Abramson is against writing short. Longform is vivid and something she’s passionate about. Small cheers throughout the room.
“I use Twitter as a news firehouse coming at me. I do post on Instagram.” @JillAbramson at #Nieman
Twitter is “something we ignore at our peril.” @JillAbramson at #Nieman
Abramson: Of course it was painful to not be able anymore to do that [New York Times] job, which I loved and think I was good at.
Jill Abramson, ex-editor or the New York Times: “I still consider myself a working journalist.”
Parting words from @JillAbramson: “When you have a terrible setback in your life, it’s an opportunity to show what you’re made of”