On this Queer Money, we meet Curtis Wong, Senior Editor of The Huffington Post Queer Voices. We highlight other successful members of the queer community on Queer Money. To become the senior editor of such a ubiquitous publication is a great success.
This episode is for anyone thinking of getting into journalism and those who want to make a childhood dream come true. Curtis Wong shares that it was reading a 1992 Vanity Fair article on Madonna that inspired him to become a journalist.
The Career Path of Curtis Wong
Curtis shares his circuitous path into journalism after earning a Masters in Journalism at Columbia University and the pivotal life decision to temporarily work outside the country that propelled him to where he is today. We discuss that despite the direction Curtis went with his life and what life brought his way, he continued to receive signs from the universe that journalism was where he belonged.
It did take time for Curtis Wong to learn how to market himself to New Your City media. To help those of you considering journalism, Curtis shares what he’s learned about marketing himself and networking with such powerful media outlets as The Huffington Post.
Curtis shares that in his career, he’s taken jobs that didn’t pay money and jobs, such as covering three high school graduations in one season, that some might not have appreciated. Looking at these gigs as opportunities helped Curtis make connections that got him get to where he is today.
As an insider in media, Curtis shares his thought on the changing landscape of media, especially print media. He, also, shares his opinions on the critical skills newer journalists should consider in order to get into print and online media today.
Curtis Wong on Queer Voices’ Responsibility
In an interesting turn, we talk about the name change from HuffPost Gay Voices to HuffPost Queer Voices and both the support and push back The Huffington Post received with that change. It’s similar to our choice in choosing the name Queer Money for our show.
Finally, we talk about HuffPost’s Queer Voices responsibility to change the “gay conversation” from muscly men in Speedos and circuit parties to providing useful content that empowers the queer community and educates the queer community’s allies and adversaries.