Julia Turner in Conversation
Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate, and a host of its hugely popular Slate Culture Gabfest podcast.
Born under the wing of Microsoft's MSN service in 1996, Slate is one of the web's longest-running publications covering politics, culture and technology. In conversation with Wheeler Centre content strategist and former Crikey editor in chief Sophie Black, Turner describes how the magazine has navigated various digital trends – and moved from aggregation through to argument-driven criticism and journalism.
How are relatively inexperienced writers sometimes exploited for click-friendly first person accounts? What's behind Slate's successful early investments in podcasting? How long did it take for those experiments to turn profitable? Is Trump good for business? And is there such a thing as a 'millennial news product'?
Julia Turner is Slate's editor in chief. Working from Slate's New York office, she oversees the magazine and edits pieces on technology, culture and design. She also writes regularly for the magazine (all too often about the TV show Mad Men) and is one of the hosts of Slate's weekly Culture Gabfest podcast.
Before joining Slate, she worked at Time Inc. – first in magazine development and later at Sports Illustrated Women.
‘Women have many reasons to be wary, depressed or downright terri ed of the internet. No guaranteed safe space exists for a woman online. Especially a lippy one. And yet ... as a tool for social change, the internet, to the extent that we can still refer to it as a single entity, still offers immense possibilities.’
Sophie Black is head of publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the national to writers scheme The Next Chapter, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review and SmartCompany. In 2013, she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and the human rights publication Right Now.