Dear friends and colleagues,
Starting on Monday, May 12, I will be transferring positions at The American Prospect. My illustrious colleague Clare Malone will be taking over as web editor, and I will assume the position of senior editor, a post that involves more writing.
Albeit with less frequency, I’ll still be editing for the web, so feel free to continue to pitch me. But Clare’s the big cheese now, so ultimately all assignments will go through her. Here’s her e-mail: email@example.com.
The past three years have been challenging and incredibly rewarding. When I first joined the web team as an editor, I remember going to my colleague, then-Deputy Editor Ann Friedman and asking her: “How do you learn how to edit?” She told me that I’d learn by doing and by being edited. It wasn’t exactly the answer I was looking for—I was hoping she’d refer me to some book or accelerated crash course—but she couldn’t have been more right: Each writer I’ve worked with and each piece we’ve collaborated on has taught me something about myself as an editor, and this continues to be the case.
No less important has been the experience of being on the other side of the divide; not only have Ann Friedman, Dana Goldstein, Alexandra Gutierrez, Kit Rachlis, Bob Moser, Monica Potts, Christen Aragoni, and Jaime Fuller managed to stop me from embarrassing myself—at least too badly—by example they’ve helped teach me what a good editor is.
I look forward to continue working with and learning from you all in my new role.