JAWdesses on Jill Abramson and The New York Times

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Journalism and Women Symposium members often pen eloquent commentaries on issues and news of the day and the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of the New York Times was no exception. As our keynote speaker at CAMP in 2013, Jill Abramson announced to a cheering audience that she was becoming “the newest member of JAWS” and her tales from the trenches inspired many who heard her speak. As the first woman to lead The New York Times, she was a beacon for many. And now that Dean Baquet is in that spot as the first African American to lead the paper, he is also a beacon for those striving for diversity in newsrooms.

Our listserv has been full of interesting and thoughtful comments, but we wanted to also highlight a few of the published columns from our members. If you have suggestions for other published work on this topic by JAWS members, send a note to web@jaws.org.

Lauren Whaley wrote an open letter of support from JAWS to Jill Abramson

Betsy Wade on Women’s eNews reminded us of the history of sexism and racism at the New York Times

Mary C. Curtis writes in The Washington Post’s She The People about why this news resonates so deeply

Geneva Overholser posted on her blog a column about the failure of the editor-publisher relationship

Jill Geisler on Poynter encourages Publisher Arthur Sulzbreger Jr. to be introspective about the NYT staff