Medium, a publishing platform being developed by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, has hired a director of content.
Williams announced on his company's blog yesterday that Medium has hired Kate Lee, former literary agent at International Creative Management. Lee left her job at ICM in April, after deciding that she wanted to have some time off. She spent 10 years at ICM and focused heavily on bringing blog writers to the book publishing world.
In her new role at Medium, Lee will serve as director of content, a job that will see her "help get great stuff onto Medium," noted Williams, who added that "she'll do this in a variety of ways -- by discovering, encouraging, soliciting, commissioning, and contextualizing interesting ideas, authors, and institutions."
The fact that Medium has hired a director of content might seem odd. After the platform was announced earlier this year, Williams explained that the service, which is currently in closed beta, will be designed to get anyone and everyone to publish things that are interesting to them.
Medium is designed to allow people to choose the level of contribution they prefer. We know that most people, most of the time, will simply read and view content, which is fine. If they choose, they can click to indicate whether they think something is good, giving feedback to the creator and increasing the likelihood others will see it.
You can [post on Medium] without the burden of becoming a blogger or worrying about developing an audience. All posts are organized into "collections," which are defined by a theme and a template.
According to Williams, Lee will soon start building a team to help her find content.