them editors to discuss the evolution of magazines, media and society

February 21, 2018

Phillip Picardi and Meredith Talusan will present “Dispatches from the Front of Change” March 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3.

Talusan is the executive editor of them, Condé Nast’s first-ever platform devoted to the queer community. Picardi is chief content officer and founding editor of them, and chief content officer of Teen Vogue.

Picardi was previously an intern and an assistant at Teen Vogue. When he re-joined the brand in 2015, he launched the website’s politics and wellness coverage, shifting the brand’s focus from fashion and celebrity to themes of gender equality and social justice. In turn, traffic skyrocketed from 2 to 12 million monthly unique visitors in just two years, nabbing two Webby Awards, a GLAAD Award and Adweek nods along the way. Most recently, Picardi was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2017 and Out Magazine’s OUT100. He was also named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People and one of the 50 Most Influential LGBTQ People in Media by The Advocate.

Talusan is an award-winning journalist and author who has written features, essays and opinion pieces for many publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICE Magazine, WIRED, The Nation, Mic, BuzzFeed News and The American Prospect. She is the recipient of the 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism, and has contributed to several books, including “Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America.” Her memoir, “Fairest,” is forthcoming from Viking Press.

A Q&A will follow the talk, which is sponsored by the Newhouse Magazine, News & Digital Journalism Speaker Series. For more information, contact Jim Shahin at