Jessica Flint is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and editor who has held staff positions at Vanity Fair, Bloomberg Businessweek, Marie Claire, and Departures. Contact: jessicaflint at gmail.com.
Jessica grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated from Miami University, in Ohio. Her first job out of college, in 2004, was at Vanity Fair, where she was an editorial assistant; she worked at the magazine for more than six years, and was promoted to roles as an editorial associate and associate online editor.
At V.F. she worked on everything from the July 2005 story that revealed Watergate's Deep Throat to the Vanity Fair: The Portraits book that was published in September 2008. She also helped curate the Vanity Fair Portraits exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery, in 2008; it traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in 2009. She wrangled a Senator named Barack Obama for the 20-page Blue Is the New Red photo portfolio in the February 2007 issue. For the Yes, Mr. President! photo portfolio in the April 2007 issue, she assisted with producing a 17-page "historic panorama of 77 official and unofficial [United States Presidential] advisers from 10 administrations." She also worked on photographer Jonas Fredwall Karlsson's April 2005 Hell and High Water photo portfolio; it was nominated for an ASME.
While she was an assistant at V.F., she raised Series A financing to start a website called Urbanista, which Gawker called "an online shopping rolodex designed to help the well-heeled girlies of New York hunt down the best tailors, doctors, boutiques and whatnot, all compiled from the opinions of some 1,000 ladies who lunch." From there, she helped bring V.F. into the digital age by working on the relaunch VF.com, where she served as the site's first associate online editor. For VF.com, she traveled to Vancouver for the 2008 Olympics, into the player's locker room at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, around Manhattan for Fashion's Night In, and Behind the Hampton's Hedges.
Eventually she moved to Bloomberg Businessweek, just after Bloomberg acquired the magazine. Here she co-edited the 12-page, trend-oriented Etc. lifestyle section (think the cougar economy and white collar hoarding). Whereas most Bloomberg employees used white boards to map out algorithms, she used them to chart what to drink after work.
After Bloomberg came Departures, the luxury lifestyle magazine that goes out to 1.3 million American Express Platinum and Centurion (black card) members, where she was the web editor. That was until Joanna Coles, then the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, invented the job of Lifestyle Editor for Jessica. At M.C., Jessica launched a new five-page packaged section called MC@Play, featuring movies, music, and books. She was also in charge of covering in-book celebrities, which included everything from putting Minka Kelly on the cover of a 16-page MC@Play NFL supplement to interviewing Emma Watson, Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth, and more.
Jessica then went back to Departures, where she was the senior features editor who oversaw the front-of-book BlackBook travel section. She was also the editor of Centurion, the magazine that goes out to American Express Centurion members. Departures won the 2015 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for Best Travel Coverage; it won second place in 2016.
She left Departures in August 2017 to pursue freelance writing and editing, including being a freelance editor for The Wall Street Journal's Off Duty section from August to October 2017; she also did a stint as a freelance editor at Vogue from January to March 2018. A small selection of Jessica's work is available on this website.