Refinery29 editor resigns after former workers described “toxic culture”


One of the former employees who described his experience was writer Ashley C. Ford. on Twitter. “I worked at Refinery29 for less than nine months due to a toxic corporate culture where the ego of white women governed almost nonexistent editorial processes,” she wrote. “One of the founders always confused me, and one of our full-time reception staff and the pay gap were excruciating. “

A former Refinery29 editor, Ashley Alese Edwards, who now works at Google, wrote on Twitter that the concerns she raised were systematically ignored and that her job title did not reflect her experience or her position within the company.

“I’m glad to see that,” said Ms. Edwards after Ms. Barberich left. “It is a step in the right direction. I hope this will spark conversations and changes in other newsrooms, as this is not a problem unique to Refinery29.

There has been a media account as hundreds of thousands of protesters in the United States and abroad joined protests over the murder of George Floyd, a black man who died last month in Minneapolis after a white policeman handcuffed him and pinned him to the ground with his knee.

New York Times editor-in-chief James Bennet resigned Sunday after staff and Times readers objected to the publication of an essay by a US senator calling on the military to crack down on demonstrations in American cities.


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