After writer and former People.com editor Janet Mock came out as transgender woman in a 2011 Marie Claire article, she made it her mission to raise awareness about the social injustices experienced by the trans community and to give young trans women an outlet via social media to share their personal stories.
Mock, whose memoir Redefining Realness was released this month, recently spoke to Mediabistro and discussed what she learned during her early days in digital media:
People.com was a stepchild of People magazine, which was the juggernaut. They were creating… the mold and creating what social media is and communicating [immediacy] to readers… And so that’s how my career was. It was sitting in a cubicle. I wasn’t a features editor. I didn’t write long-form pieces that I thought I would be writing. I was writing smaller blurbs, learning to sharpen language, and communicate what readers actually wanted and how to entice them to click on things without sensationalizing.
To hear more from Mock, including her take on the Piers Morgan controversy, read: So What Do You Do, Janet Mock, Writer,Transgender Advocate And Author?