With only three weeks to go, each in the pack of young writers aims to prove themselves individually in hopes of being able to say, I'm From Rolling Stone for a year as a contributing editor to the magazine. Things are looking up for some, like...... Read Full Episode Summary »
With only three weeks to go, each in the pack of young writers aims to prove themselves individually in hopes of being able to say, I'm From Rolling Stone for a year as a contributing editor to the magazine.
Things are looking up for some, like Krishtine, who just had her first piece published. For others, it's not so great, like Russell, who hasn't completed an assignment in several weeks.
In a Monday meeting, editor Joe Levy challenges the writers to present their best pitches for the "Breaking" section of the magazine. Russell pitches a story about rapper Lupe Fiasco's song, "American Terrorist," but says he's put off by a his manager's request that the interview restrict personal questions. Joe tells Russell that they like to keep the questions friendly, and assigns him the story.
Krystal pitches a piece on wrestling legend Hulk Hogan's daughter, singer Brooke Hogan, sporting a Paul Wall inspired, diamond encrusted grill. They like the idea as a blog item. Krishtine pitches coverage on Diddy's newest protégé, Cassie, is excited to get approval to do the story.
Russell gets started on his article with a phone interview with Lupe Fiasco, who he previously met when Russell was in Chicago covering the Lollapalooza festival. Now that he has heard Lupe's album, Russell takes a bolder approach, telling Lupe that he did himself a disservice on the album, and that his subject matter is all over the place. Lupe says it was intentional so he wouldn't be "pigeon-holed."
Despite being instructed by Lupe's manager to not ask personal questions, Russell confirms that Lupe is Muslim, then asks his opinion on a controversial news story dealing with race and religion and the a political argument escalates. At the end, Lupe seems annoyed while Russell seems satisfied. His intention was an unconventional interview to get Lupe "acting all crazy and talking like a mad man."
When "Breaking" section editor David Swanson gives Krishtine the revised Cassie article, she's just happy to see that her name is spelled correctly ... until she closely reviews the piece. "Oh my gosh, he changed everything!" she says, ticked that the article was "dumbed down."
To protect her journalistic credibility, Krishtine takes initiative and confronts David. Krishtine notes that Cassie classifies her heritage as "West Indian, African-American and Mexican. And you only put in West Indian and Mexican." David says he took out the last section for space. Huh? Krishtine notes other corrections to David and walks away with a statement to wrap it up, "Lame-o."
When Krystal's Brooke Hogan blog piece is posted on rollingstone.com, she's upset to see her byline is under her last name, Simpson, instead of her pen name, Jagger. Joe says he can't publish her piece under Jagger, which also happens to be the name of the well-known singer of the Rolling Stones, and notes that he wouldn't want to go with any assumed name such as Cobain or Springsteen either.
Krystal feels that the executives are taking something away a piece of her." There's like more than one Jagger," she complains to her fellow writers. "He didn't make up that name." Peter asks if it's her mother's name, but it's not; she uses it because she likes it.
Joe talks to Russell about his recent lack of completed work, urging him to change the minds of those who feel he has talent but doesn't follow through. With his Lupe Fiasco article facing deadline, Russell places a call attempting to get the artist on the phone again.
Krishtine heads to work with a positive outlook, envisioning herself going to work every day at Rolling Stone and living a life she has earned. In the writer's room, Joe asks who wants to cover a DMX concert in Harlem that day and Krishtine volunteers without hesitation. Her excitement and hustle is noted and appreciated by Joe.
Krishtine talks her way into an interview with DMX after his impromptu Harlem performance. On his tour bus, she asks DMX what he wants people to take away from his music. DMX says he wants to give people insight on who he really is, saying that he's a man with a family and a good heart.
Finally, Lupe Fiasco's manager calls Russell about scheduling a follow-up interview and says Lupe wants to talk to a different writer. After the conversation, a screaming Russell slams down the phone.
Later, Krishtine sees her revised Cassie article has her quotes and byline, and it's the "Breaking" section's lead article. Krishtine is really excited this time. When her work is noted to Joe, he admits he is also impressed with Krishtine and says, "We'll see what happens."
When the proof pages for the next issue of Rolling Stone are posted, Tika is envious and frustrated seeing Krishtine's DMX and Cassie articles "Damn, man. That was some fine work," she says. "Why didn't I think of that? That's so good. I could write that s---!"
Krystal's blog item on Brooke Hogan was her only story published to date. Russell's Lupe Fiasco story never made it into the "Breaking" section.