After hinting at her eventual return to journalism in September, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson revealed Monday that she is working on a startup project with journalist Steve Brill. Speaking to the New York Times' David Carr at a WBUR event Monday night, Abramson said that she has already pitched the idea to investors and they are “sounding very interested."
Abramson was hesitant to give too many details, but she did say that she and Brill hoped to do "great stories" with a goal of producing “very ambitious, killer journalism" and paying journalists "real money that they can live on." She bashed the quality of journalism being put out by news outlets as of late, specifically pointing to the media panic over Ebola, which she called "disgraceful."
She did, however, admit that she misses "the chase" of breaking news and still sees "big stories that jump out of me that are not being covered."
Jump to 43:50 of the video to hear more.
This is not the first time Abramson has been rumored to be starting a new venture ever since her very public and controversial ousting from the Times. In September, she was seen meeting with Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, and word of her writing for VF or other magazine publications quickly spread.
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