In a slew of new hires at Publishers Weekly, Iyana Jones has joined the magazine as digital media coordinator, Nathalie Mairena has been named digital assistant, and Sophia Stewart has joined as editorial assistant. Jones and Mairena will report to Mike Morris, who has been promoted from digital media manager to director of digital operations.
Jones, a writer from Brooklyn, N.Y., is a graduate of the University of New Haven and holds her M.A. in media studies from the New School. She writes on entertainment for outlets including Teen Vogue and Essence.
Mairena, a former PW intern, lives in Miami Gardens, Fla., and graduated from the University of Miami in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and journalism. She participated in the virtual 2020 NYU Summer Publishing Institute, and is a graduate of Inkluded 2020. She played an important role in helping the U.S. Book Show run smoothly this May.
"It's been a pleasure working with Nathalie as an intern, and it is a pleasure to be able to bring her and Iyana both aboard full-time at PW," Morris said. "I'm looking forward to working with them to run and improve PW's digital presence online, and continue to develop digital operations on the back end."
Stewart, a writer and editor from Los Angeles, graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a degree in media studies. Her writing has appeared in the Believer, Catapult, Hyperallergic, Literary Hub, the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. She lives in Brooklyn and tweets @smswrites. She reports to PW news editor John Maher.
"Sophia is a dynamo, and she's already making a splash in our news department," Maher said. "I can't wait to see her sharp reporting and writing grace the pages of PW for years to come."