Apple News has finally gotten its first editor-in-chief, almost two years after the service debuted with iOS 9. Lauren Kern, former executive editor at New York Magazine, has been chosen for the role — but it’s not completely clear what it will involve.
Apple has previously spoken about its desire to ensure Apple News is a quality source of information, and free from the fake news stories that have become a problem for the likes of Facebook. Eddie Cue, senior vice president of software and services, said back in February that the company wants to “vet” news providers and ensure they are “legitimate.”
Apple has confirmed Kern’s appointment, and although the company did not clarify exactly what her role would entail, it’s likely that vetting sources and stories will be a part of it. New York Magazine editor-in-chief Adam Moss also confirmed the move and said the publication was “not happy” to see Kern go.
“I am not happy to report that we are losing our beloved Lauren Kern to the Apple corporation,” Moss wrote in a staff memo obtained by CNN. “I mean, I’m happy for Lauren certainly. It’s an exciting opportunity to be the editor in chief of Apple News, to bring a journalistic vigor and intelligence to an operation that has always seemed to me so full of promise.”
“Apple has the audience — all they needed was a superior editorial intelligence to guide it,” he continued. “They recognized that that person was Lauren, and of course we know they are right.” Moss added that Kern’s work for New York Magazine has been “critical” to its success. “Apple is lucky to have her.”