It’s not just The Daily that has been bleeding talent as of late. The New York Times has itself withstood a series of unexpected departures over the past year, notably to the Huffington Post, which swallowed up “Sunday Business” editor Tim O’Brien as well as business reporter Peter Goodman. New York magazine also had an unexpected coup by taking on Times columnist Frank Rich. So one of new Times editor-in-chief Jill Abramson’s goals, she tells Gabriel Sherman at New York, is to put an end to all the defections, a surprising problem for the storied paper.
“Retention is becoming a challenge,” she said. “The economy has improved, whether it’s Bloomberg or the Huffington Post, I can feel on any given week that I’m playing whack-a-mole keeping our most talented people.”
Perhaps the Times will take a page out of Arianna Huffington’s book and add a nap room in for the staff. It certainly can’t hurt.