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JOURNALIST: Media Is Changing So Fast

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Alexis is the senior editor of the technology section of Atlantic Magazine. He has worked on everything from interactive entertainment, to science publications and now a technology division of an online publication. Alexis tells us that many people think that it'll get easy as you move up the ranks in media, but that is no longer true today because the media industry is constantly changing.

Degree: English Literature
Job Title: Senior Editor
Employer: Atlantic Magazine

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Digital journalist is a new breed of reporter who focuses on creating interactive news stories and blogs with videos, photos and animations.

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m='11060'>overnight,</span> <span m='11650'>and</span> <span m='11780'>then</span> <span m='11920'>I</span> <span m='12030'>try</span> <span m='12290'>and</span> <span m='12410'>figure</span> <span m='12670'>out</span> <span m='12800'>the</span> <span m='12870'>most</span> <span m='13080'>interesting</span> <span m='13410'>things</span> <span m='13690'>that</span> <span m='13800'>I</span> <span m='13870'>can</span> <span m='14040'>write</span> <span m='14250'>about</span> <span m='15270'>technology.</span> </p><p><span m='15720'>So</span> <span m='16170'>sometimes I</span> <span m='16560'>write</span> <span m='16740'>about</span> <span m='17040'>phones.</span> <span m='17450'>Sometimes</span> <span m='17870'>I</span> <span m='17890'>write</span> <span m='18070'>about</span> <span m='18290'>underwater</span> <span m='18710'>diving</span> <span m='19080'>suits.</span> <span m='19380'>Sometimes</span> <span m='19850'>I</span> <span m='19870'>write</span> <span m='20030'>about</span> <span m='20240'>earthquakes.</span> <span m='20740'>Sometimes</span> <span m='21170'>I</span> <span m='21200'>write</span> <span m='21400'>about</span> <span m='21810'>coal</span> <span m='22050'>plants.</span> <span m='22920'>It</span> <span m='23070'>just</span> <span m='23330'>also</span> <span m='23770'>depends</span> <span m='24250'>on</span> <span m='24380'>my</span> <span m='24570'>interest</span> <span m='25050'>and</span> <span m='25140'>what's</span> <span m='25320'>happened.</span> </p><p><span m='25730'>Well,</span> <span m='26250'>I</span> <span m='26390'>went</span> <span m='26700'>to</span> <span m='27760'>Harvard.</span> <span m='28330'>I</span> <span m='28430'>did</span> <span m='29190'>fiction</span> <span m='29500'>writing,</span> <span m='29840'>actually,</span> <span m='30170'>and</span> <span m='30270'>I</span> <span m='30320'>thought</span> <span m='30660'>that</span> <span m='30770'>I</span> <span m='31000'>was-- I</span> <span m='31050'>wanted</span> <span m='31210'>to</span> <span m='31250'>be</span> <span m='31360'>a</span> <span m='31410'>novelist.</span> <span m='31960'>So</span> <span m='32170'>I</span> <span m='32310'>grew</span> <span m='32530'>up</span> <span m='32689'>thinking</span> <span m='33380'>I</span> <span m='33410'>want</span> <span m='33640'>to</span> <span m='33690'>be</span> <span m='33790'>a</span> <span m='33860'>writer.</span> <span m='34220'>I'd</span> <span m='34290'>known</span> <span m='34810'>that</span> <span m='35070'>from</span> <span m='35270'>an</span> <span m='35340'>early</span> <span m='35590'>age.</span> </p><p><span m='35900'>And</span> <span m='36030'>then</span> <span m='36990'>as</span> <span m='37110'>time</span> <span m='37310'>went</span> <span m='37460'>on,</span> <span m='38390'>I</span> <span m='38960'>did</span> <span m='39420'>other</span> <span m='39780'>jobs.</span> <span m='40370'>I</span> <span m='40420'>worked</span> <span m='40680'>as</span> <span m='40990'>an</span> <span m='41140'>analyst,</span> <span m='42090'>writing</span> <span m='42440'>about</span> <span m='42820'>interactive</span> <span m='43350'>entertainment,</span> <span m='43870'>these</span> <span m='44040'>big</span> <span m='44520'>long</span> <span m='44750'>research</span> <span m='45090'>reports.</span> <span m='45530'>And</span> <span m='45640'>then</span> <span m='46370'>I</span> <span m='46700'>moved</span> <span m='46930'>on</span> <span m='47020'>from</span> <span m='47180'>that</span> <span m='47490'>to</span> <span m='47610'>doing</span> <span m='48630'>journalism</span> <span m='49110'>for</span> <span m='49330'><i>Wired</i></span> <span m='49610'><i>Magazine,</i></span> <span m='50340'>and</span> <span m='50940'>I</span> <span m='51070'>wrote</span> <span m='51440'>then</span> <span m='51800'>mostly</span> <span m='52030'>about</span> <span m='52230'>science.</span> <span m='52700'>I</span> <span m='53720'>just</span> <span m='54150'>found</span> <span m='54640'>that</span> <span m='54730'>I</span> <span m='54820'>had</span> <span m='54960'>a</span> <span m='55040'>knack</span> <span m='55370'>for</span> <span m='55500'>translating</span> <span m='56080'>what</span> <span m='56250'>scientists</span> <span m='56740'>said</span> <span m='57840'>into</span> <span m='58680'>things</span> <span m='58970'>that</span> <span m='59080'>normal</span> <span m='59500'>people</span> <span m='59750'>could</span> <span m='59870'>understand.</span> <span m='61190'>And</span> <span m='62440'>then</span> <span m='62730'>after a</span> <span m='62810'>few</span> <span m='62990'>years</span> <span m='63250'>of</span> <span m='63310'>that,</span> <span m='63770'>the</span> <span m='63890'><i>Atlantic</i></span> <span m='64420'>came</span> <span m='64560'>calling</span> <span m='64950'>and</span> <span m='65080'>wanted</span> <span m='65330'>someone</span> <span m='65560'>to</span> <span m='65690'>run</span> <span m='65950'>their</span> <span m='66210'>technology</span> <span m='68050'>section.</span> <span m='68640'>And</span> <span m='68790'>so</span> <span m='69150'>that's</span> <span m='69570'>what</span> <span m='69870'>happened.</span> </p><p><span m='70410'>I</span> <span m='70750'>think what I didn't</span> <span m='71250'>know--</span> <span m='71480'>I</span> <span m='71590'>thought</span> <span m='72340'>that</span> <span m='72490'>there</span> <span m='72620'>were</span> <span m='73260'>maybe</span> <span m='73930'>more</span> <span m='74540'>strategies</span> <span m='75280'>or</span> <span m='75330'>that</span> <span m='76050'>life</span> <span m='76530'>would</span> <span m='76720'>change</span> <span m='77230'>a</span> <span m='77280'>lot</span> <span m='77630'>once</span> <span m='77920'>you</span> <span m='78240'>moved</span> <span m='78570'>up</span> <span m='78750'>in</span> <span m='78840'>the</span> <span m='78910'>media</span> <span m='79260'>ranks,</span> <span m='79590'>but</span> <span m='79900'>basically,</span> <span m='81365'>as</span> <span m='81700'>it</span> <span m='81810'>turns</span> <span m='82010'>out,</span> <span m='82130'>there's</span> <span m='82320'>no</span> <span m='82430'>secret.</span> <span m='82830'>There's</span> <span m='83010'>no</span> <span m='83120'>magic.</span> <span m='83980'>It's</span> <span m='84750'>just</span> <span m='84910'>you</span> <span m='84990'>get</span> <span m='85150'>up</span> <span m='85260'>every</span> <span m='85460'>day.</span> <span m='85830'>You</span> <span m='86770'>put</span> <span m='86940'>your</span> <span m='87000'>hat</span> <span m='87270'>on, and</span> <span m='87480'>you</span> <span m='87560'>go</span> <span m='87680'>to</span> <span m='87750'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='88190'>And</span> <span m='90120'>I</span> <span m='90230'>think</span> <span m='90460'>people--</span> <span m='91000'>particularly</span> <span m='91350'>people</span> <span m='91610'>in the</span> <span m='91740'>creative</span> <span m='92100'>fields--</span> <span m='92730'>they</span> <span m='92860'>think that</span> <span m='93050'>they're</span> <span m='93340'>going</span> <span m='93450'>to</span> <span m='93740'>go</span> <span m='93940'>become</span> <span m='94220'>a</span> <span m='94270'>writer,</span> <span m='94700'>or</span> <span m='94750'>they're</span> <span m='94890'>going</span> <span m='95090'>to</span> <span m='95210'>go</span> <span m='95500'>become</span> <span m='96210'>a</span> <span m='96350'>director,</span> <span m='96670'>or</span> <span m='96990'>an</span> <span m='97050'>actor,</span> <span m='97330'>or</span> <span m='97610'>something and,</span> <span m='97870'>then</span> <span m='98990'>everything's</span> <span m='99290'>going</span> <span m='99380'>to</span> <span m='99430'>be</span> <span m='99540'>different.</span> <span m='100210'>They're</span> <span m='100310'>going</span> <span m='100400'>to</span> <span m='100460'>reach</span> <span m='100660'>some</span> <span m='100740'>certain</span> <span m='101040'>stage,</span> <span m='101700'>and</span> <span m='101790'>it will</span> <span m='101870'>all</span> <span m='102180'>get</span> <span m='102590'>easy. It'll</span> <span m='102920'>all</span> <span m='103300'>make</span> <span m='103510'>sense.</span> <span m='103870'>It'll</span> <span m='103940'>all</span> <span m='104290'>be</span> <span m='105820'>settled.</span> </p><p><span m='106720'>And</span> <span m='106820'>as</span> <span m='106940'>it</span> <span m='107030'>turns</span> <span m='107280'>out,</span> <span m='107630'>media</span> <span m='107810'>is</span> <span m='107980'>changing</span> <span m='108300'>so</span> <span m='108450'>fast.</span> <span m='108930'>Our</span> <span m='109060'>industry</span> <span m='109710'>is</span> <span m='110440'>rising</span> <span m='110880'>and</span> <span m='110990'>falling</span> <span m='111440'>very</span> <span m='111620'>quickly.</span> <span m='113310'>You just</span> <span m='113570'>have</span> <span m='113710'>to</span> <span m='113810'>keep</span> <span m='114030'>figuring</span> <span m='114360'>it out</span> <span m='114600'>day</span> <span m='114740'>by</span> <span m='114910'>day,</span> <span m='115150'>day</span> <span m='115280'>over</span> <span m='115430'>day,</span> <span m='115490'>day</span> <span m='115730'>over</span> <span m='115940'>day,</span> <span m='116200'>day over</span> <span m='116400'>day.</span> <span m='116550'>And</span> <span m='116670'>I</span> <span m='116720'>think</span> <span m='117370'>it's</span> <span m='117560'>part</span> <span m='117740'>of</span> <span m='117800'>what</span> <span m='117930'>makes</span> <span m='118100'>it</span> <span m='118120'>really</span> <span m='118320'>exciting</span> <span m='118740'>is</span> <span m='118870'>that</span> <span m='119140'>it</span> <span m='119280'>never</span> <span m='119570'>stays</span> <span m='119740'>the</span> <span m='119820'>same,</span> <span m='120110'>but</span> <span m='120220'>it</span> <span m='120350'>also</span> <span m='121200'>means</span> <span m='121430'>that</span> <span m='121930'>you</span> <span m='122480'>never</span> <span m='122800'>have it</span> <span m='123070'>figured</span> <span m='123350'>out.</span> <span m='123560'>You</span> <span m='123620'>never</span> <span m='123880'>have</span> <span m='124060'>it settled.</span> <span m='124540'>You're</span> <span m='124690'>always</span> <span m='125140'>figuring</span> <span m='125630'>out</span> <span m='125810'>if</span> <span m='125980'>even</span> <span m='126220'>if</span> <span m='126300'>you</span> <span m='126400'>keep</span> <span m='126590'>the</span> <span m='126680'>same</span> <span m='126900'>job, if</span> <span m='127290'>your</span> <span m='127440'>career</span> <span m='127770'>will</span> <span m='127890'>be</span> <span m='128000'>the</span> <span m='128090'>same</span> <span m='128924'>a</span> <span m='129289'>year</span> <span m='129479'>from</span> <span m='129630'>now,</span> <span m='129830'>let</span> <span m='130169'>alone</span> <span m='130280'>10</span> <span m='130449'>years</span> <span m='130749'>from</span> <span m='131049'>now.</span> </p>","file":{"id":370916,"video_id":"3324053755001","name":"2212-Alexis-Editor-Reporter-Writer","duration":131913,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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