At the end of May we said good-bye to our long-standing Managing Editor, Solana Larsen, and welcomed our newest volunteer contributor, also called Solana Larsen.
Solana steps down from the Managing Editor position after seven years at the helm of Global Voices’ editorial section. “Personal reasons” is often a euphemism for other things, but Solana is genuinely relinquishing the post in order to devote more time to family, notably her two year-old daughter. “It's best both for me and Global Voices,” she wrote in an e-mail to the community, “to step down now and allow for brand new things to happen.”
Solana's deft handling steered Global Voices’ editorial through a rapidly shifting media landscape that saw blogging eclipsed by social networks as the primary platform for citizen expression. We're happy she'll continue not only as a volunteer contributor, but also to work on special projects and represent us at conferences.
Solana leaves Global Voices’ editorial in the excellent hands of Sahar Habib Ghazi, who joined us as Deputy Editor in June 2012.
Sahar, a journalist, blogger and activist who divides her time between the US and Pakistan, helped launch DawnNews TV and has reported for the New York Times. While a John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University, she launched Hosh Media, an online youth journalism platform.
Sahar has been instrumental in developing Global Voices’ style guides, codifying many of our editorial processes, and building our sub-editing team. Most importantly, she's a highly skilled and deeply committed member of the community, whom we trust will take our editorial section forward, to the places it needs to go.