New York Times editor to take 75,000 Twitter followers out the door with him

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Jim Roberts, the assistant managing editor of the New York Times who has overseen many of the paper’s digital initiatives, confirmed on Thursday that he would accept a buyout and leave the paper. When he goes, the Times will not just lose his 26 years of experience but also many of the 75,000 people who follow Roberts on Twitter.

News of the departure came by (what else) Twitter and was first reported by Politico. In response to a question from paidContent about the fate of his followers, Roberts — who uses the handle @nytjim — tweeted this:

Jim Roberts Twitter screenshot

In an earlier tweet, Roberts said he would have to “find a new handle,” presumably one without “nyt” in it (Twitter lets users change their handle but keep the followers). Roberts did not respond to a follow-up question about whether his contract with the New York Times gives him a legal right to the followers.

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