Q: Give us a glimpse of the ‘day in the life’ of a lifestyle editor.
Jasmine: Every day is different, which is what keeps things interesting. But it usually involves a mix of writing, editing, communicating with our New York office (which is where all the fact checking and production happens), and running around town–either meeting with boutique owners, chefs, etc., or hitting different neighborhoods and scouting for stories.
Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Jasmine: Making sure every single thing we write about is something completely new or undiscovered. It’s tough to be the very first to report on restaurant openings, new shops, cutting edge art exhibits and the like, but it’s also what makes the job exciting.
Q: What recommendation(s) would you give to other aspiring journalists?
Jasmine: It sounds cheesy, but the minute I started doing something that I really, really loved–not something that I thought was sensible or would be good for my resume–everything kind of fell into place. So I’d tell them to find an area that they are genuinely interested in and develop something of a specialty. On a more nuts and bolts level, I can’t stress how important it is to be reliable. Turn everything in on time, copyedit your stories before turning them in, and respond to your editor’s questions and edits as soon as possible. Especially when you’re first starting out, just dotting all your “i’s” and crossing your “t’s” is so important.
Q: What’s your hot tip for a Valentine’s Day gift – be it for one’s self or loved one?
Jasmine: I am a little bit obsessed with Hunter Wellingtons, these great classic British wellies they have at both A Mano and Lambs Ear. I can’t imagine a Seattle girl who wouldn’t love them. I also love the idea of getting a guy a really decadent old-fashioned hot towel shave. Both Valentine’s and Capelli’s barber shops do a great job.