Jill Abramson, the first woman to be named executive editor at the New York Times, stepped down abruptly Wednesday afternoon, after less than three years on the job. Judging by their reaction on Twitter, journalists at the paper were just as surprised as gawkers in the wider world.
Here’s a round-up of other reactions from inside the New York Times’ newsroom:
Holy cow!— Anne Barnard (@ABarnardNYT) May 14, 2014
Huh.— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) May 14, 2014
Um, wow.— Quentin Hardy (@qhardy) May 14, 2014
Everyone gob-smacked in NYT newsroom over Jill Abramson leaving and Dean Baquet taking over— Patricia Cohen (@PatcohenNYT) May 14, 2014
PEOPLE I AM TRYING TO GET SOME WORK DONE HERE STOP ASKING ME WHAT HAPPENED I DON’T KNOW.— John Schwartz — NYT (@jswatz) May 14, 2014
news is so mysterious— Leah Finnegan (@leahfinnegan) May 14, 2014
Sorry tweeps, I am not in NYT newsroom today, but can say that this leadership shift was expected eventually - just not now.— Laurie Goodstein (@lauriegnyt) May 14, 2014
Big newsroom surprise: Dean Baquet in, Jill Abramson out at helm of NY Times.— Richard Perez-Pena (@perezpena) May 14, 2014
Reeling. Jill Abramson out. Dean Baquet new exec. @ NYT. http://t.co/FRVvsWkpQt— Doreen Carvajal (@dorcarvajal) May 14, 2014
Whew. For now, we can only reel with NYT reporter Michael de la Merced.
So that happened.— Michael de la Merced (@m_delamerced) May 14, 2014