Rachel Rawlins has been named as the managing editor of Global Voices.
Here's how Rebecca MacKinnon described the position:
Based in the UK, Rachel will be the only full-time employee of our very virtual organization (we have no office and conduct our editorial meetings via IRC chat). Rachel will be responsible for coordinating day-to-day content flow on the Global Voices blog, run regular online editorial meetings, manage the work of our rapidly expanding international team of Regional Editors and volunteer contributors, and coordinate daily with editors from our news media collaborators and partners. She will also help steer the future of Global Voices into non-text media, other languages, and help to innovate and implement new technologies and tools. Most importantly, she will be making sure that we remain true to our mission: bringing global attention to citizens’ voices around the world.
I'm so impressed with her background and am very excited to be part of the "volunteer contributors." I visited her (formerly anonymous) blog and love her photographs too.
Rachel Rawlins' first job was for Amnesty International researching human rights in east and southern Africa. She then joined the BBC as a radio reporter and spent most of her journalistic career at the BBC World Service's Africa service. This included three years based in Zimbabwe where she once upset her friends by broadcasting from a coffin, but survived. She's worked for the BBC News Online website, World Service Training and as the World Service's Arts Reporter. She has also taught journalism in places as diverse as Liberia and Thailand, and reported for television and a wide range of newspapers and magazines. She lives in London with her partner and two sons and, in an attempt to redress the imbalance of the sexes, her dog Maizy. She loves rice, poetry, gadgets, taking photographs, trashy detective fiction and Apple Macs. She blogs at http://www.frizzylogic.org/.