About 30 news organizations are set to converge at Wake Forest University early Monday morning to hear ousted New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson give a commencement address that has suddenly assumed a national profile. Katie Neal, a spokeswoman for the university, said that everyone from local news outlets to the Associated Press, Reuters, major TV networks and Politico has requested media credentials for the event. Oh, the New York Times, too.
They’ll all have to battle for an interview with the speaker. “At this time, there is no media availability” on the schedule, says Neal. “I don’t see that changing.” Wake Forest has apprised Abramson of the intense media interest, but Neal wouldn’t say whether Abramson specifically demanded that there be no time set aside for interviews.
Abramson will attend some sort of VIP event prior to the ceremony, which starts at 9 a.m., and will leave shortly after it concludes. C-SPAN2 will air the address on delay at 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday, and Wake Forest will be live-streaming it.