New Yorker’s Alexandra Schwartz to discuss ‘Criticism in the Digital Age’

Alexandra Schwartz with Poynter Fellowship logo.

Alumna Alexandra Schwartz, a New Yorker staff writer whose work focuses on books and culture, will speak at Yale on Wednesday, Jan. 31, as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Schwartz will speak at a tea at the Jonathan Edward Head of College House, 70 High St. The talk, titled “Criticism in the Digital Age,” will take place at 4 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

Schwartz joined the New Yorker in 2013 as a fact-checker, after which she worked as an assistant editor. She turned to writing full time in 2016. Prior to joining the New Yorker, she wrote literary criticism for the Nation, and during this time, she won the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing for 2014. Before that, she worked at the New York Review of Books.

A native of New York City, Schwartz graduated from Yale in 2009. She majored in English and wrote a column for the Yale Daily News. Schwartz has lived in France, where she worked at an American-themed grocery store and helped run an arts non-profit. She writes frequently about France.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter Fellows are Ilena Silverman, Vinson Cunningham, and Ezra Edelman. 

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