Jill Abramson’s Not-So-Secret Editorial Mission: More Dogs

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As anyone with a passing familiarity with New York Times’ Jill Abramson knows, she really loves dogs. And, as Intel has pointed out before, as anyone with a passing familiarity with the Times knows, she’s not shy about using the pages of the paper as a venue for celebrating that love. In fact, according to Ron Howell of the Columbia Journalism Review, the number of dog-related stories in the Times has increased by 45 percent  since Abramson was promoted to executive editor last fall. Here’s the breakdown:


I recently did some research in the LexisNexis database, where I found that the number of Times articles containing three or more words with “dog” as the root (such as “dog,” “dogs,” and “doggie”) increased from 230 in a four-month span from November 1, 2010 though February 28, 2011 to 337 from November 1, 2011 though February 28, 2012 (the first four months of Abramson’s time as boss) … Fifteen years ago, before Abramson had any clout at the Times, there were only 167 references to dogs during a four-month time-frame that I checked. That indicates an increase of more than 100 percent in the attention given to dogs between then and now!