Editing

Editing

I’ve spent the bulk of my three years at BuzzFeed News as an editor at BuzzFeed Reader. In addition to editing our staff writers (I was one of the editors who worked closely with 2018 National Magazine Award finalist Bim Adewunmi) and emerging writer fellows, I’ve worked with freelancers on personal essays, cultural criticism, profiles, and features. Here are some pieces I edited that I’m especially proud of:

Cultural criticism

The Rich, Black, Southern Heritage Of Hip-Hop Majorettes by Frederick McKindra

Ellen Degeneres And The Limits of Relatability by Shannon Keating 

What Does An African “Game Of Thrones” Look Like? by Kate Harlin

“The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” Is Really About Housing Anxiety by Niela Orr

Why Is Pop Culture Full Of Lesbian Lookalikes? by Shannon Keating

Why A New Mixed Race Generation Will Not Solve Racism by Lauren Michele Jackson 

How The Kardashians Reflect Changing Ideas Around Plastic Surgery by Zan Romanoff

Matt Damon’s Limitations Are Catching Up With Him by Elisabeth Donnelly

What Are We To Do With White Women Rappers? by Niela Orr

Mama June's Makeover Was Actually Damage Control by Joanna Arcieri

How Blac Chyna Beat The Kardashians At Their Own Game by Sylvia Obell 

Why I’ve Had Trouble Buying Hollywood’s Version Of Girl Power by Alison Willmore

Personal Essays

How Native American Is Native American Enough? by Tommy Orange

I Walked From Selma to Montgomery by Rahawa Haile (included among Longread’s best essays of 2018; to be featured in Best American Travel Writing 2019)

This Is What Black Burnout Feels Like by Tiana Clark

My Mother And I Went Halfway Around The World To Find Each Other by Jennifer Hope Choi (included in Best American Travel Writing 2018)

I’m Finally Ready To Talk About How My Parents Died by Anonymous

When You Have 3 Boyfriends, Getting An IUD Is Complicated by Rachel Cromidas

What A Black Woman Wishes Her Adoptive White Parents Knew by Mariama Lockington

I Thought Going To Korea Would Help Me Find Home by E. Alex Jung

I Wanted To Love Paris, But It Didn’t Love Me by Jennifer Hope Choi

My Abortion Wasn’t Like Ben Folds Said It Would Be by Adriana Widdoes

Features

Why Millennial Women Are Flocking To Fillers by Zan Romanoff

Michael Wang Didn’t Get Into Harvard. He Thinks It’s Because He’s Asian by Esther Wang

Natasha Trethewey Wants An American Reckoning by Hanif Abdurraqib 

Kiese Laymon Knows His New Memoir Is Raw. But It’s Not Trauma Porn by Bim Adewunmi 

Pickup Artists Are Still A Thing. And They Want You To Know They’ve Evolved by Scaachi Koul 

I Went To A Dirty Dancing Festival And It Made Me Weepy by Elisabeth Donnelly