Why I Quit My Full-Time Writing Job over a Viral Tweet

Emily Kirkpatrick
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6 min readJan 10, 2020

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TL;DR: I quit my relatively cushy, full-time reporter job at the New York Post after one of my tweets went very viral with no backup plan and no real professional prospects.

But the full-length version of how I came to that decision is something slightly more complicated. Something much more quintessentially, perhaps tiresomely, millennial.

I should probably start by saying that I did actually enjoy my time working at the Post. My boss took a chance on me in a senior position, I learned how to be a real reporter for the first time in my career, and I was often given a lot of leeway to write some very weird pieces of content.

One of my more inspired galleries.

That being said, however, writing for the fashion section of the Post was like working in a shiny pink, liberal bubble. No real oversight from upper management, no enormous traffic expectations, and the veneer of “women’s writing” as protection from some of the more aggressively conservative op-eds and stories the paper is known for publishing.

At first, I just tried not to read them. A job is a job, after all.

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Emily Kirkpatrick
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Emily Kirkpatrick is a writer for hire currently covering all things Vanities at Vanity Fair.