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Bill and Jill Join the ‘Times’ Masses

To be a fish or a bull?

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Renzo Piano’s climber-friendly New York Times Building is heavy on the transparency metaphor, which left some editors grumbling about their glass-walled offices when they moved in seven months ago. Now staffers report that executive editor Bill Keller and managing editor Jill Abramson have followed the lead of some section editors and abandoned their fishbowl work spaces for cubicles in the bull pen, where at least they don’t feel on display. It’s a move the troops prefer to Keller’s previous privacy gambit, an opaque screen placed between his desk and the glass wall. While Keller and Abramson use their offices “for private conversations and meetings, they moved out of their offices into the main area of the newsroom several months ago,” confirmed spokeswoman Diane McNulty. “They like being in the middle of the action, where reporters and editors can approach them informally.”

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