Mark Robinson (pictured) accomplished many things during his first stint with Wired, but only one of those led to a permanent record in the Oxford English Dictionary. In 2005, together with writer Jeff Howe, he coined the term “crowdsourcing,” which was added to the dictionary in 2013.
Robinson left Wired in 2015 for Epic magazine, but per an announcement today, is returning as features editor. He starts May 8 alongside another big hire, senior writer Nitasha Tiku. Both will work mainly on the digital side and report to site editor Andrea Valdez in San Francisco:
Tiku joins Wired from BuzzFeed, where she was a senior writer covering Silicon Valley technology and culture since 2015. Previously, Tiku worked at The Verge, Valleywag and ran Betabeat, the New York Observer’s tech site. At Wired, Tiku will cover technology and all the ways Silicon Valley is changing our world.
There’s also a promotion in the mix. Editor at large Jason Tanz, effective immediately, has been bumped up to wired.com site director. He is based in New York City and, given the fortunes of its basketball team, will likely appreciate the analogy used by editor in chief Nicholas Thompson even more than his two new colleagues. “If digital journalism were the NBA, Mark, Nitasha and Jason would all start for the Warriors,” said Thompson. “They’re brilliant, and I’m lucky to have the opportunity to work with them here at Wired.”
Per the tweet below, Tiku had some fun with the “personal news” format. Congrats to all.
Previously on Fishbowl:
Wired Is the Latest Publication to Provide a Secure Space for Sources Bearing Information