Jill Abramson, who was ousted last month as the executive editor of the New York Times, will teach “narrative nonfiction” at Harvard University as a visiting lecturer for the 2014-15 academic year, according to Ravi Somaiya of the New York Times. In a press release from the university, Abramson is quoted as saying the rote words, “I’m honored and excited to be teaching at Harvard in the coming academic year.”
Abramson is a 1976 graduate of Harvard College. The university cited Abramson’s previous work with students at Yale and Princeton, where “she earned high marks for teaching journalism writing seminars from 2007 to 2011 and in 2000, respectively.”
The Harvard classroom is a good landing spot for Abramson, who watched as her former boss, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., accused her of mismanagement in a messy and embarrassing public spat following her May 14 dismissal. Prompted by reports in the New Yorker suggesting that the departure may have been related to a pay complaint advanced by Abramson, Sulzberger insisted no such dynamic was at work, instead saying that the move aimed to improve cohesion among the ranks at the newspaper.
For someone as accomplished as Abramson, the thrust of her teaching constitutes an appropriately weighty topic. She noted in the press release, “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever. Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.” The Erik Wemple Blog awaits the day when some media titan gets employed by an Ivy institution to teach “narrative nonfiction blogging.”