‘Journalism can only be as good as our newsroom culture’: Vox Media’s new editors-in-chief are redefining the roles

Digiday 14 Sep 2021 04:01
The lead image shows the Digiday Podcast logo with the two guests: Swati Sharma and Lindsay Peoples Wagner.
September 14, 2021 by Kayleigh Barber

The role of editor-in-chief looks a lot different than what it did 20 years ago — or even two years ago. 

For digital-first media companies, the nuances of what it takes to run a successful newsroom, particularly during a pandemic, are more complicated than ever before. For Vox Media, it meant having two new top editors for its brands Vox and The Cut, who have fresh perspectives on what the job means.

At the beginning of this year, Swati Sharma and Lindsay Peoples Wagner took the reins of Vox and The Cut, respectively. Both are still early in their careers — when they were appointed, Sharma was 34 and Peoples Wagner was 30 — but they have already accomplished a goal that for many is the ultimate sign of success in the journalism career path. This is Sharma’s first time leading a newsroom as the top editor Peoples Wagner previously was the editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue but is familiar with The Cut having previously been its fashion market editor from 2015 until 2018. Now both are leaning on those past experiences, and each other, to achieve success.

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