The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) announced today that Cyndi Stivers has been named its editor-in-chief. Until recently, Stivers was managing editor of EW.com, the Entertainment Weekly Website. During her three-year tenure, the site doubled its audience and received more than a dozen industry accolades, including a Media Vanguard Award from Advertising Age for EW‘s Must List iPad app.
Prior to that, Stivers was the founding editor-in-chief and president of Time Out New York.
“Since my very first newspaper job, I have been fascinated by the evolution of our craft and the advances technology has made possible,” Stivers said. “I am sure CJR will reflect that dynamism, and a true sense of possibility. I look forward to working with editor Mike Hoyt and the team he has built to bring CJR to new heights.”
“We are fortunate to have someone with Cyndi’s experience, talent and ability to lead the next phase for CJR,” said Victor Navasky, chairman of CJR, and Delacorte Professor of Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. “As CJR said in its founding editorial fifty years ago, its business is to ‘assess the performance of journalism…to help stimulate continuing improvement in the profession, and to speak out for what is right, fair and decent.'”
Stivers is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia Journalism School, and over the past six months has consulted for Time Inc., National Geographic, Etsy, and Magzter, a global digital newsstand.
Founded in 1961, CJR (www.cjr.org) is the publication of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and America’s leading media monitor. It publishes a bimonthly magazine and a daily Web site of press criticism