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.
Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the new national writers scheme The Next Chapter, The Messenger podcast (Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals, New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017; UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary; Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature; Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award) and the ABC Radio National program Talkfest.