Four Real-Life Journalists Give Rory Gilmore Career Advice

In a long-awaited reunion special of Gilmore Girls—the cult mother-daughter play that won a hearts of intelligent bookworms everywhere—intellectual daughter Rory grows adult to be, unsurprisingly, a journalist.

The Netflix special, Gilmore Girls: A Year in a Life, picks adult 9 years after we initial left a duo: after Rory took off to cover Barack Obama’s initial run during a Democratic assignment and embarked on what seemed like a earnest career as a freelance writer. Things are not so splendid and glossy in Trump’s America, however, as we find Rory flailing, both privately and professionally.

The show’s depiction of Rory’s career caused a bit of drama among journalists, who seemed to determine that Rory’s veteran story line desperately indispensable a existence check. Four operative journos have a few difference of recommendation for Rory, who is clearly in need of a 101 refresher course.

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Ilana Kaplan (Rolling Stone, Complex, Lenny Letter, VICE, NYLON)

1) You don’t need a propitious outfit to get your dream job, though we do need to come prepared with a plain volume of ideas and critiques for a publication. Rory spends “Winter” and “Spring” looking for a red outfit for her Conde Nast interview, that cunning be excessive, though it is critical to uncover that we have believe about a place you’re interviewing so they can see your passion and cunning for a pursuit during hand.

2) Writing jobs, generally, don’t tumble into your lap. You customarily have to do an revise exam to get a gig, so entrance to an speak with ideas is usually credentials for that. Expect to do a work to get a dream pursuit and uncover we know what you’re articulate about when you’re in front of any EIC, Sandee included.

3) Pay attention: Your sources make your story. Rory takes on a square about people who “wait in lines,” and she falls defunct articulate to her initial source. Even if your heart isn’t 100 percent in a story, we can’t let that show. You need to provide each source and each word like your life depends on it. Be beholden for your assignment, and don’t forget to bucket adult on lots of Luke’s coffee.


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Bryn Lovitt (Rolling Stone, Rookie, Vanity Fair)

1) Don’t design editors to abase during your feet after one good story a top-tier mag. Freelance essay is 50 percent hustle, and no publisher is above essay a good pitch. Sorry, Rory.

2) Hanging out in a run of a New York Times bureau anticipating to “run into a Metro Editor” is substantially not a best proceed for removing work. Reach out over email to see if they’d be meddlesome in environment adult a time to accommodate with we and come prepared to plead a story you’d like to write.

3) Take anything we can get. Turning down assignments since we feel a theme matter or announcement is “beneath you” (Rory begrudgingly takes an assignment from GQ instead of The New Yorker) is a discerning approach to remove friends and contacts in this business. Be beholden we published a paragraph—anywhere.



Brenna Ehrlich (The Talkhouse Music EIC, Rolling Stone, Broadly, CNN, MTV)

1) After vagrant a announcement for an assignment (as Rory does at GQ), don’t usually dump that story since we mislaid interest. You done a commitment, and we don’t wish to rubbish a editor’s time (or ravel their nerves). If we do a research, however, and find that a theme is not that rich, speak to your editor and maybe offer a new angle—or a new representation altogether. If we splinter enough, word will go around.

2) Don’t yell. At sources. At editors. And positively not during people who are interviewing we for jobs. See: How Rory responded to a “Sandee Says” EIC when she didn’t offer her a staff author position and her earlier book/Talk of a Town theme when she opted out of a biography. This doesn’t meant we shouldn’t be firm, but, again, word gets around, dude. People don’t wish to be yelled at. Also, just, wow.

3) Always ask about salary. Always. Case in point: when Rory concluded to be a EIC of a Stars Hollow Gazette and Taylor asked if she wanted to be paid. Taylor formerly pronounced a paper was in a black, though Rory pronounced she’d work for free. That sets a bad fashion in general. Also, lady, we can’t means underwear. That’s all on we if you’re not even trying.

Bonus OG Gilmore Girls advice: we don’t caring what your high propagandize clergyman says, a square about how repaving a expertise parking lot proves that “everybody and all eventually becomes obsolete” sounds f*cking stupid.

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Maria Sherman (Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Complex, Billboard, NPR)

1) Be picturesque with time management: Scoring one vital story for a tip opening is exciting, though not sustainable; visit trips to London in a midst of creation a name for yourself is irresponsible. At times, half of this gig can be reminding editors of your talents. If we disappear, we disappear. Spending time roving instead of working, pitching, and building relations doesn’t compensate off—in some-more ways than one.

2) This one should be a many obvious, though here we go: Don’t nap with your subjects. Ever! In a second part of a series, Rory has a one-night mount with an speak theme while stating a square on a psychology of lines. It’s maybe one of a many reprobate things we can do in this field, and it perpetuates a sexist trope that creates a universe severe for women. If we travel into a veteran environment and a chairman chatting with we thinks it’s fine to provide it like a bar date, something is amiss.

3) Ask your family if they’re gentle appearing in your work. When Rory realizes (well, when former beloved Jess Mariano realizes for her) that a many engaging story is a one between her and her mother, Rory announces that she is essay a book on a subject. Lorelei disapproves of her usually daughter putting her life on blast, and they have a descending out. Rory confides in her BFF, Lane Kim, and decides that her mom’s being stubborn. If we value your relations with desired ones, you’ll ask for accede first. It’s really not cold to make their lives public because your life as a author depends on transparency.

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