Real Talk From Your Editor Returns with A Vengeance

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Once upon a time on the internet, there was a singularly excellent phenomenon called Editor Real Talk. It was run by Ann Friedman, then-executive editor of GOOD Magazine, and awesome lady journalist who’s dedicated to promoting and appreciating the work of other lady journalists. Although the authorship of Editor Real Talk wasn’t immediately apparent, its incredibly real talk about the joys and tragedies of being a (lady) editor in the world of online media immediately endeared it to the editorial staff of Autostraddle forever and ever.


WHEN NO ONE CLICKS ON A PIECE I THINK IS REALLY, REALLY GOOD


WHEN A WRITER IS UPSET ABOUT NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON A PIECE

WHEN I’M TRYING TO GET SOMEONE TO WRITE FOR ME

Recently, Friedman was very abruptly let go from her position at GOOD, it seemed as if it might signal the end for Editor Real Talk. Which is sort of did, a little bit. BUT, Friedman has recently announced that she’ll be writing for the Columbia Journalism Review and continuing to give us some serious #realtalk as an editor in the form of “super practical conversation about working in media,” and also gifs. All is right with the world, at least all that can be made right by the judicious use of gifs to communicate complex emotional experiences and social phenomena. Hooray!

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Rachel is Autostraddle's Managing Editor and the editor who presides over books and news & politics coverage. Originally from Boston, MA, Rachel now lives in the Midwest. Topics dear to her heart include bisexuality, The X-Files and tacos. Her favorite Ciara video is probably "Ride," but if you're only going to watch one, she recommends "Like A Boy."

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    this is my favorite tumblr in the history of tumblr because all of it is so so true.

    ‘when i call a freelancer who hasn’t filed yet’

    and obvs “when a piece goes live and all the links are broken”

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    i feel like the buried lede of this article is the existence of ladyjournos.tumblr.com
    i may never do anything productive ever again now that i have that link…

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