Former Guardian editor Janine Gibson tapped to be the new editor of BuzzFeed UK
Gibson starts her new job August 1, while current editor Luke Lewis is moved up to Executive Editor
About a month after leaving The Guardian, Janine Gibson has been named editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed UK. Gibson will start her new job August 1.
Gibson left The Guardian after a majority of the staff voted for Katharine Viner to replace Alan Rusbridger as editor. The other two candidates were Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and Wolfgang Blau, director of digital strategy.
In her new position, Gibson will manage the staff of 40+ reporters based in London and oversee editorial content, BuzzFeed said in their announcement of the hire.
“With the audience and momentum we built around the 2015 election, and now with the addition of Janine, we have a rare opportunity to double down on the great work of Luke Lewis and his team and bring a new voice to the top tier of UK publishers,” BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith said. “Janine is uniquely placed to lead a new kind of British news organisation, and Luke and I are thrilled she’ll be doing that at BuzzFeed.”
Gibson joined The Guardian in 1998 and in became editor of the paper’s website that year. Gibson was appointed the editor of the Guardian’s new US online operations in 2011. The web operation grew under her leadership, thanks very much to Glenn Greenwald, who was working for The Guardian at the time, approaching the editor about the leaked Edward Snowden materials in 2013. Greenwald left in early 2014 to work eBay founder founder Pierre Omidyar on the launch of First Look Media.
Gibson returned to London and became chief of theguardian.com website in mid-2014, her replacement of the US website being Katharine Viner.
“Janine could have chosen to further her career at any newsroom, here or in the US,” wrote Luke Lewis, the current editor of BuzzFeed UK in a staff meo. “The fact that she is coming to run BuzzFeed UK is testament to the scale of what we have achieved. Two years ago we were three people in a shared office. Now we’rea vibrant newsroom with more than 40 editorial staff.”
Lewis will take on the new title of Executive Editor when Gibson begins in August.