I’m thrilled to introduce you to several new folks on our team.
Barry Johnson joined our staff last week as associate digital editor. Barry will be a major force behind the content we produce online, writing and editing stories, as well as driving our social media and Current, our calendar web app. He’s only been in the office for a few days, but he’s already adding value left and right.
Barry comes to us with a wealth of relevent experience. He’s an artist (check out his piece in American Painting Today at V2), a writer and a digital strategist who specializes in brand voice and engagement. He’s worked with various media and entertainment clients and was an editor at Genius, the online annotated compendium of song lyrics and cultural knowledge. He recently wrote and illustrated a children’s book called Oh What Wonderful Hair, inspired by his adventures with his daughter’s hair, and he teaches for the youth empowerment organization WAPI, where he teaches middle and high school students how to problem solve and communicate their feelings through art. Orginally from Kansas, Barry made his way to the Pacific Northwest in 2010. Keep an eye out for his byline and influence.
I’m also pleased to share that we’ve added three new regular writers to the mix, too. Veteran local writer Adrian Ryan is now covering theatre (his first piece for us is a rave review of Seattle Immersive Theatre’s Krampus Christmas). Margo Vansynghel, a recent transplant from Brussels, is covering the visual arts (she writes about American Painting Today in her City Arts debut). And Kaitlin McCarthy, a longtime contributor to the Seattle Dances website, will be covering dance; look for her first piece next week. All three of these writers will focus largely on review coverage, as part of the magazine’s increased commitment to criticism.
These are tough times in journalism and the arts, so we are tremendously fortunate to bring these excellent people aboard. Thank you for being a part of our growth and progress!