When the smoke has finally cleared from the Jill Abramson firing, we’ll be left with one big question: What will The New York Times’ digital future look like under new executive editor Dean Baquet?

The Times’ episodic swan dives into soap opera (the Janet Robinson termination, the controversy around Mark Thompson’s naming, this current exercise in public self-flagellation) provide entertainment for some, but they distract from the bigger questions facing both the Times and our times: how to produce and pay for excellent journalism.

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