'Times' editor Jill Abramson on Afghanistan coverage, and whether it's still a New York paper
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"Things are looking up at The New York Times," executive editor Jill Abramson said this morning during a guest appearance on "Morning Joe."
"The print newspaper isn't going anywhere," she said. "We're making the digital transition, I believe, very successfully. ... And we have a robust readership of people who feel that getting home delivery of the print New York Times is still essential to their day, and my job is try to keep it that way."
Among other topics, including media coverage of Afghanistan, Abramson talked about the Times' local presence.
"New York is still part of our DNA and important to the soul of the publication," she said. "But the actual metro area has, over time, been not the main part of our print readership. And online, it’s more of an international and national audience. But it’s an incredible source of news. It’s a focus of our energy. But it’s less of a New York paper than it was when I was growing up here and addicted to reading it."
You can watch the full segment below. The discussion about the state of the Times begins around the 9:30 mark:
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