NYT’s Jill Abramson To Temporarily Focus On Digital

Talk about trial by fire: the New York Times’ managing editor Jill Abramson is putting aside her normal work for six months to do a “total immersion” in the paper’s digital side.

“We really want this to be one newsroom, and it is part of the way there, not all of the way there,” executive editor Bill Keller told the Times’ Media Decoder blog. “Jill came up with the idea that one of us — i.e., her — should do a full immersion.”

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, an assistant managing editor and Washington bureau chief, Susan Chira, the foreign editor, and Larry Ingrassia, the business editor, will fill in for Abramson, each taking two-month stints, and the deputy editors in those slots will be watched to see how well they do as top editors in their positions.

So while one person gets a ton of training, unheard of at most organizations—in digital, no less!—, another three get to try their chops at what could be the logical next step in a few years, and even more get the same opportunity one stop down the totem pole.

Applause all around.