Women make better journalists but are hit by sexist double standards in leadership positions, a former executive editor of The New York Times says.

Jill Abramson addressed topics from regulating Facebook to Joe Biden's nomination chances ("it feels to me like this is not his time") during a meeting with the Herald newsroom today.

The first woman executive editor of the New York Times was asked if women make better reporters. Yes, she replied.

"I think women in general are better listeners. And, in my reporting life, it is always when I have been just listening that you have that,