How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all? Do they have some secret? Perhaps. We are asking various people who seem well-informed to describe their media diets. This is drawn from a conversation with New York, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair contributing editor Vanessa Grigoriadis.
For the last few years I’ve been living in Los Angeles, so by the time I wake up it’s already work time in New York. My general habit is to roll over in bed, turn on my BlackBerry, look at my emails, and see if there’s anything that needs to be addressed quickly. Then I either sprint out of bed and start another great day or kind of lie there prone for a while and check the NYTimes.com. I generally get up and start making coffee and all that, and take my laptop with me into the kitchen. If I’m not closing something or have something actively happening that week in terms of reporting, I listen to NPR’s hourly news. Sometimes if I’m going to be cooking breakfast for a while I’ll put on these podcasts that The New Yorker has with Dorothy Wickenden. But if I have something that I’m really working on I generally go to Google News and check and make sure nothing’s broken over night, because I need to know that. It’s a really bad feeling if you don’t take care of that and your editor calls you at 11 o’clock and says, “Oh, hey, did you see this?” and you say, “No, I didn’t see it.” And maybe I’ll look at The New York Times front page more extensively on the computer. I have a subscription to The New York Times for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but during the week I’ll only buy one if I’m in an airport or if I have downtime.