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Dean Baquet, Deborah Needleman to Fill NYT Editor Role for Now

A new editor will be appointed eventually, filling the spot that Hugo Lindgren officially leaves at the end of 2013.

INTERIM GIG: There appears to be a course of action for The New York Times Magazine, in view of the departure of its editor Hugo Lindgren by the end of 2013.

Executive editor Jill Abramson addressed the open position in an internal memo to NYT staffers Thursday morning, explaining that the void will be filled by Times managing editor Dean Baquet and Deborah Needleman, editor of T Magazine, for at least “the next three months.”

Along with the magazine’s editors, Lauren Kern, Joel Lovell, Kathy Ryan and Rem Duplessis, Needleman and Baquet will work on ways to right the ship, which includes finding new ways to bring in readers and advertisers.

Abramson said a new editor would eventually be chosen, and Needleman’s name has been floating around as a leading candidate to secure the role, while maintaining her job at T.

While the decision to press pause on the search isn’t a surprise, Abramson still emphasized her commitment to the weekly magazine.

“This is one of the true jewels in journalism left to covet,” she wrote. “I owe you more clarity on how the magazine relates to the rest of our news report and how it can be the most distinctive, edifying, pleasurable part of our news offerings. That’s what the magazine has always been and must remain. There are urgent issues and questions: how to make the magazine the fount of our richest, most immersive multimedia reading; which long reads belong in the A book and which might fare better with editing and presentation in the magazine; should there be more dedicated staff writers, how do we forge stronger relationships with the best of our freelancers in an ever more competitive environment?

“You might argue that the new editor should figure all of this out and decide. I actually believe these are issues so pressing that they need to be addressed by the leadership of the newsroom.”

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