The New York Times has named longtime managing editor Jill Abramson to become executive editor. She’ll replace her boss, Bill Keller, who’ll step down to become a writer for the paper. Abramson was an investigative reporter and former Washington bureau chief for the paper before being named managing editor in 2003. According to the Times, the 57-year-old Abramson likened the job to “ascending to Valhalla.” The change takes place Sept. 6. Keller ran the paper for the past eight years at a time when it was reeling from the implications of the digital age, which has taxed every newspaper’s circulation and advertising revenues. These troubles are a big part of the Andrew Rossi-directed Page One: Inside The New York Times, a documentary that made its debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media.
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