Caryn Wilson is a former FAMUan editor-in-chief
Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna Caryn Wilson is the New York Times (NYT) weekend audience editor.
In her new role, Wilson, a former editor-in-chief of the FAMUan student newspaper, will look to reflect the perspective of the NYT’s audience to bring about fresh content.
“I’m excited to start in this brand-new role at The Times where I will work with newsroom leaders to think creatively about opportunities for audience growth on the weekends,” said Wilson. “The Times has always invested in me and I’ve had several interesting jobs during my nearly 10 years as a professional journalist.”
In announcing the appointment, NYT Deputy Audience Director Anna Dubenko said Wilson will work in coordination with other editors to set objectives and goals for their audience, conduct experiments around coverage and programming, and hold one another accountable as they decipher what works for weekend readers.
While at FAMU, Wilson served as a staff writer and fall 2010 editor-in-chief of the FAMUan and was an intern with the Tallahassee Democrat. After graduating with a degree in journalism in 2010, she studied Mandarin in Beijing, China. She first worked at the NYT on the Foreign-National Copy Desk as a Dow Jones News Fund intern in summer 2011. Wilson joined the publication full-time a year later.
Prior to her latest assignment, Wilson was a NYT senior politics editor.
“Caryn was a real leader helping develop audience benchmarks and goals for the Politics desk and marrying that with a strong vision about reaching new and different groups of readers and viewers with our report, through story forms, social, search, and compelling and diverse story content,” said Politics Editor Patrick Healy in the company’s announcement. “She was a key and trusted team player on so many big nights and big moments and was nimble and creative about coming up with strategies to build and engage audiences for breaking news, scoops, live coverage and must-read enterprise. She is also an excellent colleague and a lot of fun to work with.”