On Tuesday, Audrey Cooper became the first female editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle in its 150-year history.
Cooper, who was previously the paper’s managing editor, has gained attention for her efforts to jumpstart the paper’s innovative juices by borrowing a concept from city’s startup scene: an incubator billed as a digital journalism boot camp charged with turning around the paper’s legacy culture.
Now that she’s been named editor-in-chief, Cooper tells Poynter in a Q and A she will continue to push for innovation and double down on the paper’s investigative efforts:
How big of a deal is it to be the first woman selected for this job? And how is it not a big deal?
Cooper: It’s an honor to have the job and an interesting historical fact that I am the first woman to have it. Newsrooms thrive when they have the most diverse perspectives possible, and certainly I’ve had different life experiences than my male peers. Read more