LOS ANGELES, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lisa Armstrong, an award-winning international journalist, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Loop21.com, a leading, premium brand for African American culture. The digital hub offers original in-depth reporting with a focus on frank, powerful analysis of important questions of the day.
Ms. Armstrong, a U.S. based multi-media journalist raised in Kenya and the Caribbean, is currently a visiting associate professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has written and edited for UNICEF and the World Bank, and extensively covered a wide range of topics for publications and Websites including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Daily Beast, AOL, MSN, National Geographic, In Style, and NYTimes.com. She has won awards from various organizations, including the National Press Club and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, for her reporting.
"Lisa brings a global perspective, cutting-edge editorial talent and strong leadership skills to Loop21," said Darrell Williams, PhD., Loop21 CEO & Founder. "With her guidance we will continue to build a brand of exceptional quality that looks beyond the headlines in order to provide our audience with interesting insights and that engages all American voices.We are fortunate to have Lisa on board as we head into the 2012 Election season."
As Editor-in-Chief, Ms. Armstrong will be responsible for overall Loop21 editorial content and processes, plus oversight and management of the editorial staff.
Commenting on her new role, Ms. Armstrong emphasizes her commitment to the rapidly growing Loop21 audience. "Loop21 users visit the site for analysis of news and how it affects their everyday lives," said Armstrong. "We are dedicated to building a comprehensive site that provides our audience in-depth long-form features, clear news analysis, and impactful multi-media immersion."
Ms. Armstrong's editorial strategy will also focus on redefining the daily news narrative for the Loop audience, using the editorial team's extensive experience and research to explore under-analyzed aspects of key news stories. In addition, Ms. Armstrong plans to cover global news and its impact on the U.S.
Currently a freelance journalist, Ms. Armstrong has spent much of the past two years reporting in Haiti. In February 2010, she received a grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for a yearlong reporting project in Haiti. She has been featured on NPR and The BBC, discussing rape in the camps and HIV/AIDS in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Born in New York, Ms. Armstrong was raised in Kenya and the Caribbean and has lived and worked in several cities worldwide. She is a graduate of New York University with a Masters in Journalism. She also holds a Masters in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Science/Environmental Architecture from the University of Maryland at College Park, in Maryland. Ms. Armstrong currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Founded on the dual principles of strength in diversity and the power of information, Loop21.com delivers keen insight to an enlightened audience seeking a contemporary interpretation of today's evolving global society. Through original, in-depth features, comprehensive cultural reporting, and contemporary lifestyle tips, Loop21.com is an authoritative source on emergent Black culture. For more information visit http://www.Loop21.com.