Twitter Times: New York Times journalists react to Jill Abramson’s departure

Effective immediately, managing editor Dean Baquet will become executive editor of the New York Times, replacing Jill Abramson, the first woman ever to occupy the position. (Reuters)

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.

“So: has Jill Abramson’s firing broke the Internet?” asked Lydia Polgreen, the paper’s deputy international editor, later tweeting: “Jill Abramson is a great journalist. I will miss her.”

Here’s a round-up of other reactions from inside the New York Times’ newsroom:

Whew. For now, we can only reel with NYT reporter Michael de la Merced.

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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