Scribner Publishing has announced that it has hired the first African American editor to its publishing team.
The news comes a day after the publisher was forced to remove an article from the site about the Trayvon Martin shooting, after its news editor said he was forced out because of his race.
The decision came on Monday after the company decided to fire its news director and the site’s senior editor after the controversy over the article.
“This decision was made based on Scribner’s commitment to inclusion and diversity,” the company said in a statement on Monday.
“We are committed to supporting our diverse editorial team as they work to ensure the site continues to be a destination for the voices and perspectives of our readers.”
Earlier this month, the company’s news director was fired after he wrote a blog post suggesting that there was “no evidence” to support the idea that race had anything to do with the shooting of Michael Brown.
That post sparked outrage and prompted an outcry from several groups and a backlash against the site from journalists.
The company said that it “followed up” with its news directors after the post was published, and that they agreed to resign.
The website, which publishes the National Review, has since had to remove the post from its homepage.