Jan 22, 2021 • 1HR 1M

Episode 28 - Guillotine the Gatekeepers with Iva Dixit

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Hello and welcome to episode 28 of Diversity Hire. Today’s guest is Iva Dixit, who is the audience editor of the New York Times Magazine. Previously she has held positions at The New Yorker, Newsweek, and the Economist. We talked about being an immigrant in the media, the reasons why most social media departments are filled with women and people of color, how the nerd culture mindset has infiltrated the antiracist discourse, becoming a grown-up who buys antiques, and more. Also, Arjun and Iva wax about their dear alma matter, Columbia Journalism School, and Kevin gives us an update on his new apartment.

Stick around for the Diversity Tribunal, Iva dropped some bars. Also make sure to check out Iva’s latest article on Bollywood Wives, which was her first piece published in The New York Times Magazine.

Thanks for listening!

  • Kevin talks about his brand spanking new apartment (0:00)

  • Iva calls in from The New York Times building (suck on that Barbaro) (5:29)

  • Iva leads us through her career timeline (7:56)

  • Iva’s recaps her prolific 4-day tenure at Mic (11:26)

  • Arjun and Iva talk about why Columbia Journalism School sucks (16:16)

  • Iva talks about how social media professionals are treated in the newsroom (21:11)

  • Iva’s jaw-dropping story about an unnamed editor at an unnamed publication (24:54)

  • Why are most social media professionals women and people of color? (30:40)

  • Being an immigrant journalist at the mercy of the whims of a hostile country (re: “Notes from a Sink-less Underground,” The Regular, 2020) (35:00)

  • Kevin asks the corny American question :3 (39:30)

  • Skin routines, and finding stability (re: “I Quit My Elaborate Skincare Routine,” The New York Times, 2020) (42:02)

  • Arjun’s Feelings Don’t Care About Facts Corner (57:30)

  • The Diversity Tribunal (51:55)