NEW YORK -- Jill Abramson didn't waste much time on her first day as New York Times executive editor before shaking up the place.
In a Tuesday memo obtained by The Huffington Post, Abramson announced a number of changes at the paper, including promoting both national editor Rick Berke and foreign editor Susan Chira to the position of assistant managing editor. That leaves a couple big jobs open at the Times. Meanwhile, Abramson said that Jim Roberts will continue to oversee the paper's digital efforts in his assistant managing editor role.
Shortly after being named Bill Keller's successor last June, Abramson told The Huffington Post that she needed to “seize the future” upon taking over the top job. While serving as second-in-command, Abramson had stepped aside for nearly six months to look closely at the paper’s digital efforts and the continuing web-print divide.
On Tuesday, Abramson reiterated her priorities concerning the paper's future. "I plan to focus my energies on two areas: “digital innovation and integration and, no surprise here, the news,” she wrote.
Read Abramson's memo below:
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