Schneps Communications announced that it has named Katarina Hybenova as the new digital editor-in-chief for QNS.com, the online partner of the Queens Courier, Courier Sun, Ridgewood Times and BORO magazine.
Hybenova owns and remains the editorial director of Bushwick Daily, a website she founded in 2010 highlighting news and events in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Originally started as a photoblog, the website quickly grew in popularity, currently 250,000 visitors each month.
“We are thrilled to have Katarina join our team to lead our focus on being the dominant digital platform in Queens,” Joshua Schneps, co-publisher of Schneps Communications, said. “I have a great deal of respect for what she has accomplished in the digital space and know that, with her experience and passion for local new websites, she will help surpass our goals and expectations for QNS.com and beyond.”
“It is a very exciting challenge for me to join Schneps Communications, which has a long tradition of publishing traditional print newspapers,” Hybenova said. “My aim is to elevate the company’s digital strategy making QNS the number one source of quality news in the borough of Queens. I personally live in Ridgewood and as an immigrant I appreciate that every country of the world has its little nook in Queens. This borough’s diversity is a large reason why I love it so much, and working on QNS is such a pleasure.”
Born and raised in Slovakia, Hybenova originally studied law in the Czech Republic, Belgium and in New York. In 2014, on a full scholarship from the Knight Foundation, she attended the prestigious Tow Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School for Journalism.