PolicyMic helps our generation understand what’s happening in the world, why it matters, and how it impacts them. Our writers cover the topics that matter most to young people, offering original news, analysis and perspective that you won’t find anywhere else.
Tired of big media conglomerates focused on our parents and grandparents? Us, too. That’s why we are guided organically by how our generation consumes news and analysis: in style, format and conversation. We write original stories covering everything from world events and politics to music and technology.
Traditional media has failed to engage, inform, and inspire us. We want to be part of the solution. PolicyMic challenges our readers with counternarratives and a diversity of perspectives that aren’t typically showcased at other outlets. With millions of readers from our generation, we feature excellent writers who are also from our generation. Always.
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“All in all, PolicyMic seems closer than any of its competitors to finding the promised land for new media companies, a middle ground between deeply reported stories and listicles.”
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“PolicyMic doesn’t sound like a news website that could work. It peddles news and opinion pieces on serious topics, like ... anti-gay policy in Russia ... – all targeted at Millennials, who are supposed to be more interested in pop culture, cat listicles, and themselves. But the fledgling media startup ... sees 7 million unique visitors a month, an impressive number for a two-year-old site that covers such furrowed-brow fare.”
Chris is the CEO and co-founder of PolicyMic. PolicyMic helps our generation understand what’s happening in the world, why it matters, and how it impacts them. Chris' previous experiences include investment banking at Goldman Sachs and political analysis at the White House. E-mail: caltchek (at) policymic (dot) com
Jake Horowitz is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of PolicyMic. He manages the editorial team & runs content strategy and site growth. Before PolicyMic, he worked at Change.org. Jake graduated from Stanford University.
Adam Jaffe is the Head of Analytics at PolicyMic, where he makes sure we're using data to give our readers content that is most valuable to them. Previously, he spent time working on Wall Street and writing screenplays in Hollywood. Adam graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Finance.
Bayo manages brand partnerships at PolicyMic. Before joining PolicyMic, Bayo worked on an education startup that looked to build a better way to have class discussions online. His interests include exploring NYC, playing soccer, and trying new restaurants.
Ben Naddaff-HafreyDeputy Arts & Entertainment Editor
Ben moved to New York fairly recently to join PolicyMic as a Deputy Editor. He graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a degree in American History & Literature and a secondary in Mind/Brain/Behavior. Outside of work, he is an active musician.
Chris has worked for media outlets including the Associated Press and Stars and Stripes. He worked with the Clinton Foundation, the United Nations, and with the Kentucky state legislature.
He holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Louisville, and a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Kentucky. He is originally from Lexington, Ky. Kentucky basketball occupies a majority of his free time.
Elena is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at PolicyMic. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Upfront, ABC News, and various travel publications. She is also a Princeton alum, a former Thailand resident, and a Brooklyn native.
James loves working at the intersection of digital media, politics, and strategic communications. Previously, he served as director of communications for Cory Booker and campaign manager for John Carney's successful statewide re-election to the U.S. Congress. James started his career in the Senate office of Hillary Clinton and worked on the staff of President Obama's 2008 campaign. He enjoys hoops, hip-hop, and hard copy newspapers.
Julianne is the Deputy Arts & Entertainment Editor at PolicyMic, where she writes primarily about the intersection of feminism and gender with pop culture. She is also a Harvard grad, WorldTeach Namibia alum, and theater geek.
Nina Ippolito is a freelance writer and editor. Now that she's finally learned to drive, she's trying to master the other skills she missed out on by growing up in New York City: swimming, shooting, and horseback riding.
Just not at the same time.
Sara Yasin is a Palestinian-American journalist, and Lead World Editor at PolicyMic. Prior to joining PolicyMic, she worked for Index on Censorship. Her writing has been previously published at Index on Censorship, Jezebel, Salon, Ms. Magazine blog, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and the New York Times. She is interested in free speech, religion, MENA, feminism, and dodgy regimes.
Before joining the PolicyMic team, Sarah taught English and journalism in the Bronx and was an instructional coach for The New Teacher Project. She has worked as freelance journalist, was managing editor of the Cornell Daily Sun and is an avid NYC biker.
Thomas McBee is PolicyMic's Managing Editor. He is a "masculinity expert" for VICE and writes the column "Self-Made Man" for the Rumpus. His essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, TheAtlantic.com, Salon, and BuzzFeed, where he is a regular contributor on gender issues. Before joining PolicyMic, he was an editor at the Boston Phoenix.
Vivian is the lead entrepreneurship editor at PolicyMic. She previously worked at Business Insider and freelanced for Dan Rather Reports. Vivian has a masters in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Georgia. She once lived in Denver, Colorado.
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