Sergie Willoughby is the Senior Editor at The Network Journal Communications, Inc.
For TNJ.com, The Network Journal's website, Willoughby accepts article pitches, assigns and edits articles, develops content strategy, recruits writers and contributors, manages a pool of freelance writers, develops and produces video content and oversees the brand's Twitter and Facebook pages. For the magazine, she organizes and co-produces The Network Journal's photo shoots - overseeing hair & makeup, securing and working with fashion designers and stylists, and choosing cover themes. Additionally, she attends gala events and writes business and arts & entertainment pieces, using SEO best practices, that are published in both the magazine and on the website. During her five-year tenure with The Network Journal, she has covered the Legal Defense Fund, the Harlem School of the Arts, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, the Black Retail Action Group, the Executive Leadership Council and a host of other prominent organizations.
In 2014 and 2015, she was part of a delegation of journalists who traveled to Jamaica, West Indies, to report on Tourism and Finance.
For each issue of the magazine, she compiles content for the PEOPLE and EVENTS sections and collaborates with the editorial team to execute The Network Journal's magazine covers. She also manages The Network Journal's college internship program.
For The Network Journal's signature 25 Influential Black Women in Business and 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards events, she oversees video production, interviews honorees, and produces video packages for the company's website. In 2015, she conceptualized and launched The Network Journal's podcast series, Listen Up! Real Talk for You and Yours featuring conversations with top experts from a variety of industries ranging from personal finance to technology & innovation to entertainment.
Willoughby joined The Network Journal in February 2010 as the Assistant Editor before being promoted to Editor in February 2011. In 2015, she was named Senior Editor. Earlier in her career, she worked as a freelance writer, covering hip-hop music for the now-defunct RYDE magazine. Later, as an in-house writer and production assistant for a boutique artist management/production company in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, she wrote spec scripts for potential independent films and television shows; wrote creative copy for advertising & marketing campaigns; assisted the agency in nurturing its roster of music artists; and garnered media representation for the agency.
Before joining The Network Journal, she did stand-up, on-camera reporting for an award-winning news magazine television show that airs on WNYE-TV.
Currently, Willoughby teaches Grammar & Writing instruction at Hunter College's School of Professional Studies. She was a pre-journalism major at the University of Maryland at College Park before earning a bachelor’s degree in Advertising & Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. In 2000, she completed a certificate in Journalism from New York University's School of Continuing Education.