The New York Times has announced it has hired former Newsweek and Tumblr editor Jessica Bennett to serve as its first-ever “gender issues editor.”
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
"In her new role, which she officially starts on Oct. 30, Bennett wants to reimagine the news through an intersectional lens — and not just in one section of the paper," Teen Vogue reports.
"The reality is that institutions, and old-school media institutions, were primarily created by and for white men," Bennett told Teen Vogue. "But that has changed."
Bennett first approached Times executive editor Dean Baquet three years ago, pitching a full-time reporting position focused solely on gender issues, according to Poynter. The discussions fell through, but the Times subsequently created the gender editor role.
The report states Bennett decided to apply for the job because of the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. That’s perhaps not the kind of line the self-appointed “newspaper of record” is looking for from another of its prominent editors this week.