Lipman said she loves the job, but it appears she loves something more: her forthcoming book about women and gender dynamics in the workplace. So much so that she’s told Gannett she’s quitting at the end of the year and will spend her time promoting the new volume — titled “That’s What She Said”— when it comes out at the end of next month.
“It’s a very, very urgent issue,” said Lipman, given the deluge of revelations about sexual harassment by prominent men.
Lipman, a former editor at Condé Nast and the Wall Street Journal, will speak about the issue and lead workshops about how men can advance the conversation and bridge the gender gap.
Lipman said she’s leaving Gannett on good terms — USA Today will excerpt her book — but it’s been a quick stop for her. She was appointed to the chief content job, overseeing the company’s 109 papers, in late 2015. She added the USA Today editor title in March.
During that time, she managed to juggle her day job while writing her book. So why not continue multitasking or take a leave of absence from Gannett? “When you’re a reporter, you can take a leave of absence,” she said. “When you’re an executive, you can’t.”
As for walking away from one of the biggest paychecks in journalism at a time when newspaper people are just happy to stay employed, Lipman said she was never in it for the cash. “None of us goes into journalism to make money,” she said. “It’s a calling.”
Correction: An earlier version of this article said Lipman was the first woman to head USA Today’s newsroom. Karen Jurgensen was actually the first female editor of the company, from 1999 to 2004. The post has been updated.