Indrani Sen, a journalist and CUNY J-School faculty member, will take over as editor of Voices of NY, an online publication that showcases the best work being done by the city’s community and ethnic media. Her appointment becomes effective Feb. 1, 2012.
Sen has extensive experience as a reporter, editor, and journalism teacher. Early in her career, she worked for a Boston paper that covered the city’s black and Latino communities. She has reported on crime, education, and politics for several metro papers, including Newsday. As a freelancer, she has written for The New York Times, Saveur magazine, Ms., thenation.com, and many other publications. She also served as the co-editor of the hyperlocal news blog The Local, a collaboration between the CUNY J-School and The New York Times. In addition to teaching Craft of Journalism and Hyperlocal Reporting at the J-School, she has taught at a public high school in the South Bronx.
“I’m just beside myself with excitement about this job,” said Sen. “Voices’ mission is close to my heart.” Sen immigrated to the United States when she was 12; she is half Indian and half Italian.
The CUNY J-School acquired what was then the Voices that Must Be Heard website from the New York Community Media Alliance last spring. Under the temporary editorship of Prof. Bernard Stein, it was relaunched as Voices of NY on Sept. 8.
The new Voices editor was selected from a highly competitive pool of more than 100 applicants that included CUNY J-School alumni, Voices contributors, and Ippies award winners. The Ippies awards honor journalistic excellence in the city’s community and ethnic press. The CUNY J-School acquired the awards program in the same transaction as Voices of NY.
“It was very gratifying to see the interest in Voices from so many highly-qualified candidates,” said Garry Pierre-Pierre, project director of the CUNY J-School’s community and ethnic media initiative. “We are thrilled to have Ms. Sen on board and look forward to seeing her take Voices to the next level.”
Sen has a B.A. in English literature and language from Oxford University and a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.