The New York Times' first female executive editor Jill Abramson is leaving that top position, with managing editor Dean Baquet taking over. This change notably makes Baquet the publication's first African American to hold the role.
"I've loved my run at The Times," Abramson said in a statement. "I got to work with the best journalists in the world doing so much stand-up journalism."
And then, understandably, Twitter caught on fire.
"WOWZA," was all Washington Post's Chris Cillizza could tweet.
"Reminder: NYT won a pretty impressive 8 Pulitzers in Jill Abramson's 3 years as executive editor," came the nudge from Guardian's Stuart Millar.
"Dean Baquet tells NYT staff he'll 'listen' and be 'hands on' and 'engaged,'" Huffington Post's Michael Calderone shared.
Moreover, it seems reporters within the Times newsroom were just as startled by news as those outside it: "Everyone gob-smacked in NYT newsroom over Jill Abramson leaving and Dean Baquet taking over," NYT's Patricia Cohen revealed in a tweet.
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