From copy editor to associate editor of

So, I have some good news. I recently had my annual review and found out that I’ve been promoted to associate editor of I feel honored, and I’m excited to embrace the responsibilities of my new role.

For the past couple of years, my title has been copy editor. While I respect all the hard work that copy editors do, I never liked having this title. I mostly report and line edit stories, so I’ve always thought the “copy editor” title was a bit misleading.

As associate editor, I’ll continue to report and write stories for the site and will oversee the new How To section of, which I helped create. I’m also responsible for Joe Grimm’s “Ask the Recruiter” column and for the site’s “Diversity at Work” column.

When I came to Poynter for a year-long fellowship in 2007, I never expected I’d be at the institute for this long; I figured I’d stay for a year and then move back to Massachusetts. Then, life happened. I really enjoy being in Florida and have carved out a life for myself here. That’s not to say I’m going to stay here forever. But it is to say that I enjoy the work I do and feel as though I’m still getting a lot of great opportunities to grow as a journalist at Poynter. Here’s to continued growth and new opportunities.

Today’s a happy day! 🙂

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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