Interview with Kyle Pope: Editor and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review

Kyle Pope, CJR Editor/Publisher

By Estelle Erasmus

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I did an interview with  Kyle Pope, the Editor and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) for the podcast, ASJA Direct: Inside Intel on Getting Published and Paid Well, about the state of publishing, the first amendment,  and opportunities writing for CJR.

Here is his bio:

Kyle Pope  is Editor and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining CJR, he held top posts at The Wall Street Journal, where he spent a decade as an editor and foreign correspondent, at Condé Nast, and at The New York Observer. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic and elsewhere. In the summer of 2017, he testified before Congress’s Judiciary Committee on threats to the press.

The podcast is an ASJA member’s benefit but is available to nonmembers for a fee. I highly recommend you check out the podcast on the ASJA Store found here.

In this interview, I asked Kyle about the following issues:

* The origin of CJR, it’s reader’s demographics, and it’s mission.
* Opportunities for freelance writers (including payment)
* What he looks for in pitches and how writer’s can contact h im.
* His main role as editor/publisher.
* The state of the industry, and whether he thinks publications will eventually all go digital
* His thoughts on the repercussions from the tariff on out-of-country newsprint
*Advice on what freelance writer organizations (such as ASJA) can do to protect free speech
*His feelings on “Fake News” and Facebook
*The future of  longform journalism
*What’s on the horizon for CJR? For starters they have their own podcast now. Here is the link to the CJR podcast.

Also, check out previous podcast  interviews on the ASJA store (free for ASJA members, and a fee for nonmembers) with Beth Dreher, features director for Woman’s Day and Sari Botton, Essays Editor for Longreads. Both will be speaking at the ASJA Conference May 18-19. See my interviews with them for this site, here and here.

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See my other interviews here:

With Sari Botton, Essays Editor of Longreads

With Beth Dreher, Features Director, Woman’s Day (print)

With Tyler Moss, EIC, Writer’s Digest


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8 thoughts on “Interview with Kyle Pope: Editor and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review”

  1. A lot of important topics being discussed. This podcast is a must to listen to, there are so many things that you can learn as a writer including what Editors usually look for in an article. It’s great that he is making himself accessible to writers who would like to be recognized or those who would like to share their work.

  2. Podcasts like this give the chance to learn more about freelance writing and what options you have when you want to earn as well. I think it’s a must to listen to. The other topics are worth discussing as well.

  3. Columbia was my dream school when I was growing up. I wound up not going there but this interview is super cool!

  4. What a great sounding interview. I hadn’t heard of Kyle Pope before this but I am going
    to check him out now. Sounds like a great fellow.

  5. I love writing and could not get into Columbia after college but it is the greatest program. I think people like Kyle Pope are amazing and he type of people that makes the school top notch.

  6. Anyone who’s a freelance writer and wants to get paid should listen to this. Any insight from a prestigious person like Keith Pope would be necessary for furthering their growth as a writer and to be able to make money too.

  7. It sounds like you had a great one-on-one interview with Mr. Pope. Agreed, there are a lot of issues out there that need to be addressed, especially with regards to free speech.

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