06/11/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/11/2021 06:30
I'm thrilled to announce that the next managing editor of The New York Times Magazine will be Jeannie Choi. She takes on the role at a moment when the Magazine is undergoing important changes that will prepare it for the next decade, such as prioritizing our digital transition, deepening our relationship to the newsroom, expanding into special projects, leaning into our D.E.I. work, and redoubling our commitment to making a magazine that surprises and delights our readers on all platforms. The managing editor role will evolve as part of these efforts, and Jeannie is the perfect candidate for the job.
Jeannie has been with the Magazine for eight years. During that time she's exemplified the key attributes of a great managing editor: a commitment to and deep understanding of the work; strong journalistic instincts; unflagging dedication to her colleagues; the ability to foster community around her; a nose for solutions (and a keen eye for problems); an appetite for new challenges; prodigious organizational skills; and the kind of humility that leadership requires. All of this has been evident from the beginning with Jeannie. She came aboard in September 2013 as a web producer, helping to edit and post stories to The 6th Floor Blog, put out the magazine online, and handle our fledgling social media efforts. By the summer of 2014, after less than a year on the job, she was leading those efforts.
Charlie Homans arrived in late 2014 as our digital deputy, and soon built a small operation focused on producing daily web stories, along with Jazmine Hughes and Nitsuh Abebe. In this group, Jeannie quickly emerged as the organizational muscle. Charlie writes: 'Jeannie was the de facto managing editor, and I don't remember there even being much of a discussion about it; the job just obviously belonged to her. She had a managing editor's subtle genius for creatively imposing order on chaos (of which there was a lot!) while somehow also coming up with as many great editorial ideas and writer suggestions as anyone - skills that would be terrifying to encounter in a single person were that person not also a total delight to work with.'