November 23, 2016 Last Updated 11:20 am

Anna Dubenko, Editorial Director of Digg, joins NYT in December

Dubenko, who was born in Moscow and came to the US in 1990, will be added to the News Desk next month as a senior digital strategist

Assistant Masthead Editor Cliff Levy announced today that Anna Dubenko, Editorial Director of Digg, will be joining The New York Times. Dubenko received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature/Letters from Cornell in 2008, and in January of 2009 joined The Huffington Post as blog editor. She was there eight months before joining Digg as Associate Editor. Dubenko became editorial director in June of 2015.

Here is Levy’s note on the hiring:

“As we work to ensure that The Times is an essential daily habit, we’ve gleaned an intriguing insight about our readers: they are often hugely appreciative when we point them to the best journalism in other publications.

We’ve made some strides in so-called external curation. Links to compelling outside articles were an important feature in NYT Now, which we closed in September, and are currently making an appearance in our main mobile app.

ad-twitter-240And now, I’m excited to announce that we’ve hired one of the gurus in this field, Anna Dubenko, to help us to develop a much more robust curation strategy.

Anna is currently the editorial director of Digg, one of the premier news aggregators. “The primary benefit of a curated product is an obvious one: It provides readers with the most vital trending stories as they emerge, regardless of their source,” Anna told me when we were discussing the job.

Anna is a superb digital thinker with a deep understanding of how to engage readers and experience in working closely with product managers, designers and engineers on digital platforms.

When she joins the News Desk next month as a senior digital strategist, she’ll play a prominent role in not only curation, but other areas as well.

She will work on our service journalism vertical, Smarter Living, as well as our stepped-up efforts to attract a younger audience. She will also contribute to the team that is designing a new home screen.

Anna joined Digg in 2012, becoming editorial director in 2015. Under her leadership, Digg launched a number of new products, including a conversation platform, Digg Dialog, and a guest-curation program, Digg Takeovers. The New York Times was the first to partner with Digg on its Takeover program.

Anna recently wrote about her time at Digg in a post on Medium.

Anna was born in Moscow and came to the States in 1990. She grew up and went to school in the Bronx, and still misses the 9 train dearly.

After graduating from Cornell in 2008, Anna worked at The Huffington Post as a blog editor. A year later, she entered a PhD program in English at Yale University. She left Yale after her third year to join the team at Digg.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, David Flumenbaum, and their eight-month-old daughter, Louise. She says her celebrity crush is Mel Brooks.”

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