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Abramson takes over the ‘Grey Lady’– first woman ed-in-chief of the NY Times

Jill Abramson, first woman editor-in-chief of the New York Times

Former managing editor of the New York Times Jill Abramson has just taken over as editor-in-chief of the New York Times, becoming the first woman to hold the post in the history of the venerable paper. Check out this excerpt of a profile of Abramson in this week’s New Yorker:

Once, it was preposterous to think that a woman could become the editor of the Times. When Eileen Shanahan, who went on to become a well-respected economics reporter, arrived for an interview with Clifton Daniel, the managing editor, in 1962, she hid her desire to become an editor. “All I ever want is to be a reporter on the best newspaper in the world,” she told him.

“That’s good,” Daniel responded, as Shanahan told the story, “because I can assure you no woman will ever be an editor at the New York Times.”

Four decades ago, women and minorities were second-class citizens at the paper. According to Nan Robertson’s book “The Girls in the Balcony: Women, Men, and the New York Times,” only forty of the Times’ four hundred and twenty-five reporters were women, and this included not a single national correspondent. There were no female photographers, columnists, or editorial-board members. Not a single black journalist rose above the position of reporter.
In the late nineteen-seventies, after facing multiple lawsuits alleging discrimination against women and minorities, the company became more aggressive in promoting and recruiting staffers who weren’t white men. By 2010, forty-one per cent of the editors and supervisors were women; just under twenty per cent of all employees were minorities; and thirteen per cent of supervisory positions were held by minorities.

This June, the paper’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., announced the appointment of Abramson and of Dean Baquet, who is black, as the new managing editor. Many who gathered in the newsroom that day were thinking of this history. Not a few women cried. Susan Chira, an assistant managing editor, says that she kept thinking that when she joined the Times, in 1981, many Times women were “sad, bitter, angry people who were talented but who had been thwarted.” Editors openly propositioned young women. “I can’t believe how far we’ve come. To see Jill take the mantle, I felt tingling. You have to praise and savor when a woman can earn it through merit. No tokenism here. Jill studied for this job. She earned it.”

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/24/111024fa_fact_auletta#ixzz1b5fv5T00

Have a Paying Summer Job? Good. You'll Need The Money to Drive There.

The turmoil in the Middle East has led to a drastic increase in the price of gas Worldwide, and the national average in the United States has reached $3.51 a gallon. The American Automobile Association (AAA) reported that the average gas price in Virginia hit $3.41 a gallon for regular. Compared to this time last year, gas prices have jumped up approximately 77 cents a gallon.

U.S. News reporter, Kurtzleben, recently published an article explaining America’s next possible move. The White House has responded to the nation’s rising concerns by considering tapping into the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This plan could ease the spike in gas prices.

AAA explained on Sunday that crude oil surpassed $100 a barrel, which caused the approximately 31-cent nation-wide rise in two weeks. Thehighestnational average America has seen was in July 2008 when gas prices rose to $4.11 a gallon, reported AAA.

On January 28th, The New York Times published an article to remind us how in the 1970’s one in four Americans carpooled. Nowadays, less than 12% of drivers share their personal vehicles. Vixens…if disco dances can still be recovered…can we make carpooling cool again?



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