Refinery29 EIC Steps Down After Former Staffers Allege “Toxic” Culture

[caption id="attachment_103803" align="alignright" width="164"] Christene Barberich[/caption] Refinery29 co-founder Christene Barberich is stepping down from her role as global editor-in-chief of the 15 year-old women's lifestyle site to make way for a replacement, she revealed on Instagram Monday morning. The decision comes after multiple former staffers publicly accused the site, which was acquired by Vice Media for $400 million in October, of a lack of diversity and discrimination against people of color on its staff. "I’d like to start by saying that I’ve read and taken in the raw and personal accounts of Black women and women of color regarding their experiences inside our company at Refinery29. And, what's clear from these experiences, is that R29 has to change. We have to do better, and that starts with making room," Barberich wrote Monday. "I will be stepping aside in my role at R29 to help diversify our leadership in editorial and ensure this brand and the people it touches can spark a new defining chapter." The reckoning began last Tuesday, when Ashley Edwards, a former news and politics editor at Refinery29 from 2017 to 2019, responded after the site signaled support for the Black Lives Matter movement by calling out its alleged mistreatment of black staffers. Hey @Refinery29, cool blacked out homepage! But you know what real allyship looks like? Paying your Black employees fairly, having Black women in top leadership positions & addressing the... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

[ Folio Magazine | 2020-06-08 17:01:08 UTC ]
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