One day in the professional future, perhaps Yale freshman Finnegan Schick will pitch a long-form piece to The New Yorker.
If and when he does, he will have at least two organic advantages. Firstly, he earned his high school diploma at a Massachusetts institution previously graced by the “father of investigative journalism.” Secondly, Schick this week attended and wrote up an intimate on-campus talk by current New Yorker features director Daniel Zalewski. One of the throughlines in Schick’s Yale Daily News dispatch is a fascinating comparison of two Manhattan bulwarks:
Working for the New York Times Magazine was less romantic than most outsiders think, Zalewski said. The editor of the magazine was like a “puppetmaster” over the writers, he added, and pitching articles sometimes felt brittle and inorganic.