Mic’s approach to news is as unique as our generation. We’re founded on a simple idea: Young people deserve a news destination that offers quality coverage tailored to them. Our generation will define the future. We are hungry for news that keeps us informed and helps us make sense of the world.
Too many media outlets overlook us or assume we only want to read fluff. But we know that young people are inquisitive. We know they believe substantive news can also spark interesting conversations. We know they have a healthy skepticism for conventional wisdom. Mic’s editors and writers share those attributes with our readers. This sensibility informs everything we do.
THE MIC STORY
In 2011, two longtime friends, Chris Altchek and Jake Horowitz, set out to build a news company for young people. After years of exchanging ideas with friends about the events and issues of the day, they realized that those perspectives were often left out of the media’s narrative. Chris and Jake began cultivating a community of unique voices from around the globe. And from there, Mic was born.
After starting with three employees working from a Harlem apartment, Mic has built a rockstar team of editors, writers, and engineers. All of us believe that stories and information have the power to shape the world, especially when they challenge traditional narratives. Now, three years later, 19 million monthly readers rely on Mic to stay informed.
What They're Saying
"Stories that intelligently cover serious issues important to young people"
"PolicyMic’s current approach is to focus on stories chock full of counter-narrative, that prod readers into engaging with complicated topics"
"Closer than any of its competitors to finding the promised land for new media companies, a middle ground between deeply reported stories and listicles"
"PolicyMic wants to be the go-to for hard news and analysis for millennials"
Chris AltchekChief Executive Officer, Co-founder
Chris Altchek is CEO and co-founder of Mic. Mic helps our generation understand what’s happening in the world, why it matters, and how it impacts us. Before starting Mic, Altchek worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Earlier experiences include policy work for the National Economic Council at the White House, political organizing for the Service Employees International Union, and voter outreach for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s successful 2009 re-election. Altchek was named to the 2014 Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list. Reach me at chris (at) mic (dot) com.
Jake Horowitz is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Mic. He manages the editorial team & runs content strategy and site growth. Before Mic, he worked at Change.org. Jake graduated from Stanford University.
Adam Jaffe is the VP of Content at Mic. Previously, he spent time working on Wall Street and writing screenplays in Hollywood. Adam graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Finance.
With his buzzworthy site PopCultureBrain.com, Alex has become a leading figure in emerging social networks and entertainment news. Sourced by dozens of top destinations, including NY Magazine, BuzzFeed, and Videogum, Pop Culture Brain has been featured by BuzzFeed and TIME as the best pop culture blog on Tumblr. Alex's writing has also appeared on The Huffington Post, GQ.com, Pop Eater, and Time Warner Cable.
From an early age Amadeus was interested in all things digital (even Windows). After taking a liberal arts path -- studying new media and critical race theory in college -- Amadeus again dove into technology as his profession as passion. If he is not programming triangular animtaions or exploring musical composition, you might find him reading under a tree.
Bayo manages brand partnerships at PolicyMic. Before joining PolicyMic, Bayo worked on an education startup that looked to build a better way to have class discussions online. His interests include exploring NYC, playing soccer, and trying new restaurants. Bayo graduated from Columbia University.
Ben moved to NYC in October. He is currently the editor of the Mic Music section. He graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a degree in American History & Literature and a secondary in Mind/Brain/Behavior. Outside of work, he is an active musician.
Brianne is Director of Brand Products at PolicyMic. She has a MA in Entrepreneurial Journalism from CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism and is excited by the intersection of storytelling, brands and the way stories spread. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Lucy.
Bryan is an editor at Mic focusing on sports and culture. Previously, he was a writer, editor and producer at Sports Illustrated. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, Esquire and The Village Voice.
Caira is the Community Editor at Mic. She is also a tennis lover, WorldTeach Chile alum and former intern of the Clinton Global Initiative. Caira has a master's degree in international affairs from New York University. She does not live in Brooklyn.
Chelsea is an Account Executive on the Revenue Team at Mic. Chelsea's previous experiences include digital ad sales at SoundHound, Slacker Radio, and Meebo. She's originally from South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina.
Chris heads up interactive content and data visualization at Mic. Previously he blogged about data visualization while traveling around India, and before that he worked on big data applications at Palantir Technologies. Chris grew up in the SF Bay Area and graduated from Stanford. In his free time he's training for a marathon and trying to become a better cook.
Coleen Jose is a multimedia journalist and documentary photographer based in New York City writing on international news and U.S. foreign policy for Mic. Previously, she reported across the Philippines for GlobalPost and Scientific American. She has also reported on environmental exploitation as a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and examines the role of climate change in global security.
Derrick Clifton is a Staff Writer at Mic covering identity, culture and politics. A news commentator and reporter on race, gender, feminism and LGBT issues, Derrick is also a master's candidate at the Medill School of Journalism. He's also writing his first book, HEART WERK, a autobiographical collection of essays about navigating life and love within multiple marginalized identities.
Elena is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Mic. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Upfront, ABC News, and various travel publications. She is also a Princeton alum, a former Thailand resident, and a Brooklyn native.
Ellie is Mic's Analytics Editor. A former style and fashion editor for The Huffington Post, her writing has also appeared in Women's Wear Daily, HarpersBazaar.com and the Twitter feeds of British royal fans everywhere.
James AllenVice President of Communications and Strategy
James is VP of Communications & Strategy at Mic. Most recently, James worked as Director of Communications to Senator Cory Booker during his final year as mayor of Newark. He also served as Campaign Manager for Congressman John Carney. Previously, James worked on President Obama's 2008 campaign and in the office of Senator Hillary Clinton. He loves hoops, hip-hop, and hard copy newspapers.
Jared Keller is the director of news at Mic. A former associate editor at The Atlantic and social media director for Bloomberg Digital, he has also written for Aeon, Al Jazeera America, Outside, Pacific Standard, and The Verge.
Magnus is an open source programmer and his interestes are equally distributed between his dog Jazon, beer, cooking, node.js, emacs, linux, blockchain technologies in general and bitcoin in particular.
Dr. Marcie Bianco is a Mic Editorial Fellow and a contributing writer for Curve Magazine and AfterEllen, as well as an adjunct associate professor at Hunter College. She has also contributed to Feministing, The Feminist Wire, Huffington Post, Lambda Literary and The L Stop, and makes frequent appearances on Huffington Post Live. Her current projects include a scholarly manuscript about the anti-humanist, materialist ethics of English Renaissance Drama; an essay regarding the “satirical aesthetics” of HBO’s GIRLS; and a memoir about lesbian academic affairs.
Meredith Bennett-Smith is the Identities Section Editor. She is a lover of soccer, social equality, coffee and happy hours. When not fighting the patriarchy or various forces of bigotry, she can be found in Prospect Heights.
Michael is the editorial director of branded content at Mic. A journalist by training, he believes deeply in the power of stories to change how we think. He focuses on the intersection of psychology and culture.
Sarah is Mic's Managing Editor. She taught English and journalism in the Bronx and was an instructional coach for The New Teacher Project. She has worked as freelance journalist and is an avid NYC biker.
Sophie Kleeman is a staff writer at Mic. She covers national affairs, inequality and social justice issues. A recent graduate of New York University, she's also written for Gothamist, MSNBC.com and The 6th Floor Blog.
Tom Barnes is Music Mic's Editorial Fellow. A graduate of NYU, he's worked brief stints with Columbia Records and Miracle Music. He believes that the mind needs music like the body needs food and water. He always feels the thirst.
Will is a Senior Engineer at Mic focusing on architecture and performance. His previous experience includes serving as CTO at Joonbug and co-founding Crave Tickets. In his free time he enjoys tinkering with robotics.
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