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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Some personal *and* professional news: I'm leaving my position as ’s editor-in-chief in February.
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @laurenwilliams
The 6+ years I've spent helping to build Vox into what it is today have been the most rewarding of my career. I love Vox, and I love my team. There's only one thing that could compel me to leave: the opportunity to create something I've dreamed about for a decade.
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Lauren Williams
So I’m thrilled to share that my friend and I are launching Capital B, a local and national nonprofit news organization serving Black audiences, in mid-2021.
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @laurenwilliams
Capital B will provide high-quality civic journalism tailored to Black communities across the country, aimed at serving audiences the essential information needed to live their lives.
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @KO_616
I met in 2010 when we began working together at The Root. We developed a particular vision for a new and different kind of Black news outlet. Back then, it wasn't meant to be, and we weren't ready to lead something like that even if it was.
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @laurenwilliams
But a lot can happen in ten years. I ended up at Vox, where I went from managing editor, to executive editor, to editor-in-chief, to, finally, editor-in-chief and senior vice president, overseeing all editorial and business operations.
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @KO_616 @teamtrace
. became a JSK Fellow at Stanford University, where she focused on the challenges facing Black digital press and newsroom diversity. She then went on to be Managing Editor at .
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @laurenwilliams
This year, as protests spread across the US, the election and pandemic roared ahead, and thousands of journalists lost jobs, we decided to retool our vision to match this crucial moment for our country, and for our profession. And this time, it was meant to be.
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @KO_616 @JournalismProj
I’m so lucky to be doing this with — a wonderful friend and brilliant journalist — thankful to for the incubator grant that’s made it all possible, and excited to work with the local nonprofit orgs that are already doing so much in this space.
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @laurenwilliams
Visit us at to sign up for email updates and become a founding member.
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @ezraklein
Back to Vox: you may have heard that is also leaving Vox soon, and a fantastic consequence of our departures is that Vox now has openings for the next generation of top editors and senior-level talent.
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @laurenwilliams
Our confidence that Vox will continue to grow, thrive, and succeed without us is one of the reasons he and I both felt it was the right time to move on.
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
Replying to @voxdotcom
. is an amazing place to work, and learn, and build. If you are a creative, entrepreneurial journalist who believes in explanation and context as a service to audiences, apply to one of our many openings:
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Lauren Williams Nov 20
I’m staying for a few more months, so it's not time yet for sappy goodbyes. But I do want to thank some of my longest-running coworkers ever — , , , and — for a very special 6.5 years.
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