|Education||2006 to 2011(Private tutor)1987 to 1991(University of Florida)|
My name is Jeremy Helligar, and I'm a journalist from New York City. I've always considered myself a writer (at least since publishing my very first album review, of Janet Jackson's "Control," in my high school paper, The Bulldog's Tale, in 1986), and later, an editor. Three years ago, I added blogger to the hats I wear.
I spent the first 15 years of my career in New York City, where I was a senior member of the editorial teams at People, Teen People, Us Weekly and Entertainment Weekly. My professional motto was that no task is too big or too small if it benefits the publication. To that end, I took writing and interviewing assignments, and spent a great deal of time in front of the camera, being interviewed by MTV, VH1, E! Entertainment Television and others on the hottest stars and latest entertainment news and pop-culture trends.
In September of 2006, I moved to Buenos Aires, where I learned Spanish and covered travel, entertainment and pop culture as a writer, editor and blogger. I recently fell in love with Australia after spending September and October in Sydney and Melbourne, and I returned to Melbourne at the beginning of March. Though I'm currently based in Melbourne, I'm interested in opportunities all over Australia and the rest of the world.
First in Buenos Aires and now primarily in Australia and also in Southeast Asia, I cover travel, entertainment and pop culture for print and online media as well as on my personal blog, THEME FOR GREAT CITIES.
I single-handedly edited the first-edition Time Out Buenos Aires Shortlist guide, published in June 2009, in three months, developing the editorial plan; assigning, writing and editing articles and reviews; selecting photos; and working closely with the designer on the look of the finished product. My other Time Out positions include contributing editor for Time Out Buenos Aires’s Visitors magazine as well as copy editor for Time Out's first-edition guide to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and for Perfect Places, a Time Out guide to the best travel destinations in Argentina and Uruguay, for which I also was a contributing writer.
As the monthly magazine's No. 2 editor, I oversaw all of the news stories and human-interest features, top edited the entire book, and directly managed a staff of half a dozen writers and editors.
My duties included assigning and editing items in the TV reviews section and breaking entertainment news stories in the front-of-the-book News & Notes department as well as overseeing more than a dozen junior writers and reporters.
My key roles included conceiving, assigning and editing features and cover stories and also directing photo selection and story design. As a member of the small staff that worked closely with editor-in-chief Bonnie Fuller during the 2002 relaunch, I wrote cover stories on Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Reese Witherspoon, Kelly Clarkson and Mariah Carey, among others.
I joined the monthly teen version of People magazine as Entertainment Editor in July 1999, was promoted to Senior Editor in May 2001 and Articles Editor in January 2002. In these positions, I conceived, assigned, wrote and edited entertainment and non-entertainment features; planned and booked covers; edited and helped to manage a staff of six; worked extensively with freelancers; and booked and oversaw photo shoots. In addition, I wrote cover stories on Britney Spears, Carson Daly, Christina Aguilera and the cast of Friends, while interviewing, among others, Brad Paisley, Gwen Stefani, Mandy Moore, Mary J. Blige, Moby, Nelly, Pink and various members of ’N Sync and Backstreet Boys.
I arrived at the weekly as an intern in August 1991 and joined the staff as a reporter three months later. My duties in that position included researching and fact-checking stories; reporting; interviewing story subjects; and writing music reviews, features and the Passages milestones page. I was promoted to writer-reporter in January 1998, and the following May, to staff writer, covering music, TV, fashion and human-interest topics. I wrote cover stories on Shania Twain and Celine Dion and interviewed numerous still-living and now-deceased music stars, including Babyface, Basia, Barry White, Boy George, Brandy, Celine Dion, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, Fiona Apple, George Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Johnny Cash, Kylie Minogue, Linda Ronstadt, Monica, Olivia Newton-John, Patti LaBelle, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Sting, Suzanne Vega and Tammy Wynette.