Why Jill Abramson’s Departure Will Ricochet

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By: John F. Harris and Hadas Gold | Politico

Brilliant journalist rockets to the top of a newsroom, then discovers that the traits that make a great reporter or writer are not the same — indeed, can sometimes be the very opposite — as the traits that make someone a capable newsroom leader.

At first blush, Jill Abramson’s brief tenure as executive editor of The New York Times looks like a striking new example of a familiar phenomenon — the miscast editor — in American journalism.

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