Vanessa Milne is a freelance journalist who recently joined the Healthy Debate team as a researcher/writer. Follow her on Twitter @VanessaMilne
+1 What do you read to keep current on the latest trends and news?
I follow my favourite newspapers and magazines through Facebook and Twitter, as well as a ton of experts and journalists. I also read magazines in print and through Next Issue – it’s such a visual medium that I like seeing the design and packaging, not just reading the stories.
+2 If you could live in any city, where would it be and why?
I’d love to move to New York for the work – it would be amazing to write for the American magazines, newspapers and websites that inspire me every day. But if I won the lottery, I’d move to Saint Petersburg for a few years – I’ve had a crush on it since I visited the city a few years ago. It’s full of canals and as far north as Alaska, so there are months where the night is only a few hours long.
+3 What’s your “plan B” if you need to spontaneously switch careers?
I would love to do communications for a non-profit, helping nudge people towards making the world better. Journalism is great work, but sometimes you wonder if you’re doing good with it.
+4 Most coveted superpower?
Teleportation. During the week, I’d avoid my commute and the Toronto rush hour. And on Friday nights, I could visit my friends who are spread out across the world, from England to New Zealand. I’d show up at their door, and we’d grab a pint together.
+5 Looking back, which moment in your career are you most proud of and why?
I was at Chatelaine when it was losing readers, and there were questions as to whether women’s magazines were still relevant. Under Jane Francisco’s amazing leadership, the magazine became something that really appealed to younger women, and we went back to being one of the best-read magazines in the country. I’m really proud of being part of the team that revitalized that historic brand.