Benét J. Wilson, a former editor at Aviation Week and a board member for the Online News Association, will become editor-in-chief of AllDigitocracy. She’ll assume the reigns later this month, founder Tracie Powell said.
“Benét has been one of AllDigitocracy’s earliest supporters, and she is a force of nature,” Powell said. “Not only does she have the passion necessary to run a startup like AllDigitocracy, she understands and embraces the vision behind it.”
AllDigitocracy has fast become the go-to place for big-picture discussions about media and diversity. Powell founded the company nearly two years ago, but is stepping away from day-to-day operations in order to focus on AllDigitocracy’s overall business strategy, she said. While Wilson will assume responsibility for AllDigitocracy’s editorial direction, Denise Clay will join the site as assistant editor. Clay will be responsible for managing and developing AllDigitocracy’s social media assets as well as editing.
Wilson is the founder, publisher and editor of Aviation Queen LLC, an aviation/travel freelance writing, multimedia and consulting business. She is the former co-editor of AirwaysNews.com and eNewsletters/social media editor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. While much of her career has been centered around aviation, Wilson is also a recognized expert in digital media. She serves as chair of ONA’s Diversity Committee and is also the immediate past chair of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Digital Journalism Task Force, and currently serves as DJTF’s Vice Chair of Education.
“As someone who has spent her career advocating for more newsroom diversity, I could not be more pleased — or honored — to step up as editor of AllDigitocracy.org,” Wilson said. “Founder Tracie Powell has done a phenomenal job of turning this website into an industry must-read publication, and I look forward to building on her work.”
Clay is a former city government and police reporter who is currently a proof-reader and an editor for the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, a publication that covers Philadelphia’s African American community. Clay is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in XO Jane and Time.com.
“As an independent contractor, AllDigitocracy has been one of my daily go-to sites since its inception because I know that no matter what content I click on, I’m going to learn something about the media world around me,” Clay said. “I’m honored that Tracie has asked me to be a part of this site and I look forward to working with Benet to maintain and enhance this vitally important resource.”
Wilson and Clay will begin their new roles this month, with Powell fully stepping aside later this summer when she begins a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford.