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Ousted New York Times chief to teach at Harvard

14 june 2014, 10:25
Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of the New York Times. ©Reuters/Jason Miczek
Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of the New York Times. ©Reuters/Jason Miczek

Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson, who was fired from the so-called Grey Lady of American journalism, will teach at Harvard University in the 2014-15 academic year, AFP reports.

Serving as a visiting lecturer, Abramson will teach courses to undergraduate students on narrative non-fiction for Harvard's Department of English, the university announced Thursday.

Abramson, a 1976 Harvard graduate and the first woman to head editorial management of the prestigious New York-based newspaper, was abruptly fired in May amid disagreements with publisher Arthur Sulzberger over her management style.

Her dismissal triggered uproar in the media world and there was speculation that she was fired for complaining about being paid less than her male counterparts -- an allegation denied by the company.

Abramson, 60, has declined to comment on the reasons that led to her departure.

She has vowed to keep the T tattoo on her back from the masthead of the Times. She also has a tattoo with Harvard's H logo.

"I'm honored and excited to be teaching at Harvard in the coming academic year," Abramson said in a statement.

"Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever. Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study."

Abramson has previously taught at two other Ivy League schools: Yale from 2007 to 2011 and Princeton in 2000.

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