Yale Students Glean Wisdom From New Yorker Features Director

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.

Zalewski said this atmosphere contrasted heavily with that at The New Yorker, where he said writers get more respect from their editors. “I am gloriously subservient to my writers,” said Zalewski.

Keep your eye on young Schick. In his high school Valedictorian address, he found a way to relevantly quote Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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