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15 Women Championing The Media Revolution

15 Women Championing The Media Revolution

The rapid decline of the newspaper business over the past couple of decades was a major hit to the media world, but there are new and powerful forms of media that have gained an immense amount of traction on the digital frontier.

Websites like Buzzfeed and Gawker are embracing wit, snark and silliness. Niche topics are finding homes in places like Curbed and CityLab. News outlets like Vox, Re/code and Business Insider aren't afraid to pursue bold, new styles of reporting.

"It is a real time of expansion," Co-Founder Melissa Bell told The Guardian. "It is a good time to be in journalism right now."

This is the new media revolution, and here are some of the powerful women bringing it to life:

1) Melissa Bell, Co-Founder of (@MelissaBell)

Before co-founding last year, Melissa Bell was one of the most-read bloggers for The Washington Post. She also helped launch a subsidiary of The Wall Street Journal called Mint, which is located in India.

2) Anna Holmes, Founder of Jezebel (@AnnaHolmes)

Anna Holmes is the founder of popular feminist blog Jezebel, which is owned by Gawker Media. In addition to being a columnist for The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Holmes is also the editor of the Digital Voices section for Fusion, a multi-platform media company aimed at attracting millennials.

3) Alexis Juneja, Founder of Curbed (@lexjuneja)

Alexis Juneja is one of the four co-founders of of the Curbed Network, which includes a blog called Curbed about architecture, real estate and interior design. In addition to the national coverage, Curbed does blogs for specific cities like New York, Denver, Montreal and Detroit. She now serves as a VP at Vox Media, the parent company of Curbed.

4) Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor of Re/code (@karaswisher)

Kara Swisher's impressive resume includes the BoomTown column for The Wall Street Journal, the D: All Things Digital high-tech conference and, where she won a Loeb Award for her coverage of Yahoo. Swisher appears frequently as a source for all things tech in multiple other news outlets.

5) Sommer Mathis, Editor of CityLab, (@sommermathis)

The titular CityLab is a website dedicated to analyzing ideas and issues facing cities across the globe. Sommer Mathis has been the editor for almost four years now and has also worked at

6) Doree Shafrir, Executive Editor at Buzzfeed (@doreeshafrir)

At Buzzfeed, Doree Shafrir oversees all of the sites culture, entertainment and ideas content. She has also served as a senior editor for Rolling Stone and an editor at Gawker.

7) Linette Lopez, Senior Finance Editor at Business Insider (@lopezlinette)

Linette Lopez joined Business Insider after she graduated from Columbia University's School of Journalism and has been making waves ever since. She writes powerful pieces that get upwards of 50,000 views. 

8) S. Mitra Kalita, Executive Editor (At Large) for Quartz (@mitrakalita)

Before becoming the executive editor for the digitally native news outlet Quartz, she was the founding ideas editor. S. Mitra Kalita had a hand in launching Mint and has also worked at the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press.

9) Maria Popova, Founder of Brain Pickings (@brainpicker)

Maria Popova's site, Brain Pickings, is what she calls "a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why." The Library of Congress also included Brain Pickings in its permanent web archive in 2012. Popova has written for Wired, The Atlantic and The New York Times, among others.

10) Tracie Morrissey, Co-Founder of Broadly (@TracieMorrissey)

Together with Shanon Kelly, Tracie Egan Morrissey is launching Broadly, a new female-focused channel of Vice. Morrissey is also a Jezebel veteran.

11) Simone Landon, Senior Editor at FiveThirtyEight (@simonelandon)

Shoutout to Simone Landon for being from Benzinga's hometown of Detroit. Before she worked at FiveThirtyEight, Landon also served as an editor at the Huffington Post.

12) Heidi N. Moore, Business Editor for Mashable (@moorehn)

Like many of the women on this list, Heidi Moore has an all-star journalism track record that includes time at The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and American Public Media's "Marketplace." She joined Mashable just last month. Moore is also one of our top women in finance to follow on Twitter. 

13) Caity Weaver, Senior Editor at Gawker (@caityweaver)

After three years as a writer for, Caity Weaver was promoted to her current position of senior editor. She also has a tumblr dedicated to the best online reviews of Taylor Swift fragrances.

14-15) Alix Spiegel (@aspiegelnpr) & Lulu Miller (@lmillernpr), Co-Creators of Invisibilia

National Public Radio veterans Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller launched a new podcast, Invisibilia, in January of this year. Invisibilia means "all of the invisible things" in Latin.

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