Women in Power: Radhika Jones is the New Editor of ‘Vanity Fair’
The current editorial director of the books section of the Times, Radhika Jones, has been announced as the new editor of Vanity Fair. The former editor of the magazine, Graydon Carter, announced that he was resigning in September. The role is considered to be one of the most prestigious in all of media.
Jones will be the first woman to hold the position since Tina Brown, who resigned in 1992.
I'm honored and excited to succeed Graydon Carter as editor in chief of @VanityFair.
— Radhika Jones (@radhikajones) November 13, 2017
— Jennifer Senior (@JenSeniorNY) November 11, 2017
Jones has had success in various magazines like Time, where she managed the Time‘s 100 list and Person of the Year features. She also worked for The Paris Review as managing editor, and Grand Street and Artforum.
Peter Kafka of Recode believes that it’s important to consider how Vanity Fair and the editor role will evolve post-Carter. Kafka said that Condé Nast told those applying for the job “that they’d like them to reimagine the magazine, its digital properties and its conference business — but that the titles budget would be shrinking, as Condé looks to continually squeeze costs.” Vulture claims that “no successor is likely to get the same resources that Carter has had.”
Jones beat out other candidates including Janice Min, the Billboard Media Group co-president, Times editor Andrew Ross Sorkin, the digital director of Vanity Fair, Mike Hogan, and Anne Fulenwider, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire. The editor role is no easy task, but Jones is definitely the best choice.