Sunday, September 20, 2009
Future of Journalism: Jimmy Jellinek
Editorial Director of Playboy Magazine/Playboy.com
Former Editor-in-Chief of Maxim, Stuff, and Complex
I asked Mr. Jellinek:
What do you tell young, aspiring journalists about the future of the business? Can you still be encouraging? What advice do you give them?
Story telling is the most ancient form of communication. No matter what platform - a painting on a wall to a post on a blog - people will seek out the news and have a need to tell it. Whether or not you will get paid a living wage to do that is a different story. That said amongst the clatter of a million voices it is the job of an editor to know good from bad and provide context to all the noise. Beyond that you just have to be that much better than everybody else at what you do.