Four Real-Life Journalists Give Rory Gilmore Career Advice

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1) Don’t expect editors to grovel at your feet

In the long-awaited reunion special of Gilmore Girls—the cult mother-daughter drama that won the hearts of cerebral bookworms everywhere—intellectual daughter Rory grows up to be, unsurprisingly, a journalist.

The Netflix special, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, picks up nine years after we first left the duo: after Rory took off to cover Barack Obama’s first run at the Democratic nomination and embarked on what seemed like a promising career as a freelance writer. Things are not so bright and shiny in Trump’s America, however, as we find Rory flailing, both personally and professionally.

The show’s depiction of Rory’s career caused a bit of drama among journalists, who seemed to agree that Rory’s professional story line desperately needed a reality check. Four working journos have a few words of advice for Rory, who is clearly in need of a 101 refresher course.

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Ilana Kaplan (Rolling Stone, Complex, Lenny Letter, VICE, NYLON)

1) You don’t need a lucky outfit to get your dream job, but you do need to come prepared with a solid amount of ideas and critiques for a publication. Rory spends “Winter” and “Spring” looking for a red outfit for her Conde Nast interview, which might be excessive, but it is important to show that you have knowledge about the place you’re interviewing so they can see your passion and competence for the job at hand.

2) Writing jobs, generally, don’t fall into your lap. You usually have to do an edit test to get the gig, so coming to an interview with ideas is just preparation for that. Expect to do the work to get the dream job and show you know what you’re talking about when you’re in front of any EIC, Sandee included.

3) Pay attention: Your sources make your story. Rory takes on a piece about people who “wait in lines,” and she falls asleep talking to her first source. Even if your heart isn’t 100 percent in a story, you can’t let that show. You need to treat every source and every word like your life depends on it. Be grateful for your assignment, and don’t forget to load up on lots of Luke’s coffee.


Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."