Smithsonian Journeys EIC Feels Sad for Today’s Young Reporters

Victoria Pope acknowledges that career paths like hers are largely a thing of the past.

As editor-in-chief of Smithsonian Journeys, The Smithsonian’s new quarterly print publication tied to the organization’s travel arm, it is Victoria Pope‘s job to highlight single, successive destinations. The debut issue is all about Paris and the next one will focus on the Inkas.

When it comes to globetrotting, Pope has certainly amassed the requisite personal experience. From an item in the Chicago Reader by Michael Milner:

She worked awhile for the daily in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and then on the UPI foreign desk in New York, and then she freelanced in Vienna and found herself covering the rise of Poland’s Solidarity movement in Gdansk.

Thanks to an Alicia Patterson fellowship, she was present in central Europe as the Iron Curtain collapsed in 1989. Later she was in Moscow a couple of years, and back in the States she became executive editor of U.S. News & World Report and managing editor and then deputy to the editor in chief of National Geographic.

Pope also worked at one point in Germany for the Wall Street Journal. She also confesses to Milner that she feels sad when she speaks today to young journalists, because of the greatly diminished amount of mentoring and posting opportunities of a kind that cemented her scintillating career.