Vox, the flagship site of Vox Media, has two high-level openings: editor in chief and senior vice president. Both jobs are held by Lauren Williams, one of relatively few Black women to have led a large, general-interest media outlet. In November, she announced that she was leaving for a start-up, Capital B, a site aimed at Black communities nationwide. Vox Media has narrowed its search for the next Vox editor to three finalists, said two people with knowledge of the matter, who were not authorized to discuss it publicly.
HuffPost is not likely to name its next editor until the completion of its sale to BuzzFeed, a deal that was announced in November. Jonah Peretti, who will be the chief executive of the combined companies, is leading the search along with Mark Schoofs, the BuzzFeed News editor in chief.
HuffPost has been without an editor in chief since Lydia Polgreen, a former deputy managing editor of The New York Times who helmed the site for three years, left in March for the Spotify-owned podcasting company Gimlet Media. A BuzzFeed spokesman said the search included “a strong pool of diverse candidates.”
A number of other outlets are on the lookout. Since December, Wired, Condé Nast’s tech-focused magazine, has been looking for a replacement for its editor in chief, Nicholas Thompson, who is leaving to be the chief executive of The Atlantic. Leading candidates for the Wired job, according to three people with knowledge of the search, include Nilay Patel, 40, the editor in chief of The Verge, a site owned by Vox Media, and Megan Greenwell, 37, the editor of Wired.com.
Anna Wintour, Condé Nast’s chief content officer, has final say over the pick. A Condé Nast spokesman declined to comment on details of the search.
As members of journalism’s rising generation fine-tune their résumés, they are keeping an eye on a possible change at The New York Times as its executive editor, Dean Baquet, approaches the paper’s usual retirement age of 66 for newsroom leaders and top executives. Mr. Baquet turned 64 in September, and there has been a recent flurry of promotions among the newspaper’s editors.