Jenni Mortimer, Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor for New Zealand's Herald, is passionate about telling stories and providing a place to escape for kiwis in amongst the hard news.
If you asked me at the age of 20 what my dream job would be, I would have said somewhat haphazardly – this exact job. I live, breathe and sleep lifestyle and entertainment and am passionate about telling stories and providing a place to escape for kiwis in amongst the hard news. In 2017, I started with the Herald as a lifestyle producer, then became the deputy editor, then editor of lifestyle - shortly followed by taking over the entertainment section as well. The dual roles aren’t without chaos – enter Will Smith at the Oscars – but there’s nothing else I would rather be doing. For me the greatest challenge with being a journalist is earning the trust of your reader. I am passionate about creating an environment where our audience can go and be both informed and also refreshed. I want our content to be engaging, purposeful and curated to those who mean the most – our readers. Outside of being a journalist, I’m also a mother and playing a small part in raising the next generation influences the decisions I make as an editor. Knowing that the choices I make as an editor, and the stories I tell as a journalist, can create change, challenge inequality and promote empathy makes the juggle of it all worth it.
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