Newsday, AP Vet Joins Quartz as Global News Editor

John Mancini starts Feb. 28

John Mancini for the past few years served as a senior director of digital news gathering for NBC News. His career spans back to the 1990s, during which time he launched for Village Voice Media alt-weekly spinoff the Long Island Voice.

In a few weeks, Mancini will begin overseeing Quartz’s global coverage, which encompasses Quartz India, Quartz Africa as well as offices in London and Hong Kong.

From today’s memo by Quartz managing editor Heather Landy:

John is a terrific journalist. His incredible, and incredibly wide-ranging, career suggests someone who is appreciative of strong talent and surprising discoveries—i.e. an excellent fit for Quartz.

John is the former editor of Newsday, one of the largest-circulation daily newspapers in the US. He has been a global news manager for AP.

He began his career as a reporter and copy editor at the Greenwich Time/Stanford Advocate. So I know he’ll be an excellent resource in our grammar and style Slack channel. And he has covered the transit beat for NY1 News, so surely he will have advice for us when subway commute issues set the NYC office channel abuzz. In addition to all that, John will be working with and across our edit teams each day, managing our news flow, thinking about creative approaches to stories, and coordinating coverage of big events.

You’ll quickly find, as I have, that John has an innate sense of story worthiness and a keen interest in great storytelling, along with deep admiration for what he has seen so far from Quartz. An old friend of mine, a veteran journalist who knows John from Newsday, says he’s the most dynamic editor she has ever worked for, with great ideas and great energy. She warns me that I’d better prepare for some out-of-the-box thinking, which is why I’m so confident he’ll be perfect for Quartz.

Landy knows the position of global news editor well, as she previously occupied that slot before being recently promoted to managing editor.

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