Washingtonian Editor on Moving from PR to Editorial: ‘The Most Valuable Journalism Training That One Can Get’
Former FishbowlDC founding editor Garrett Graff finds himself at the center of a Washington Post feature story by media critic Howard Kurtz today, “Young editor conquers Capital.” At 28, Graff has worked his way up to editor of the Washingtonian magazine.
Graff has experience on both sides of the media fence. He served as deputy national press secretary for Howard Dean‘s presidential campaign from June 2003 until the end of the campaign. After working on the Dean campaign, Graff was named founding editor of FishbowlDC, a position he held until May 2006, when he narrowed his gigs to the Washingtonian and a book deal.
On his time spent as a political flack, Graff told PRNewser, “I think that for all of the grief PR people get for going into journalism, I think that my time as a campaign flack was some of the most valuable journalism training that one can get. You get a really quick education in good journalism and bad journalism, being on the receiving end of all of it.”