“Whatever hostility was directed at Hefner, bunny ears and tails and all of that stuff, had absolutely zero impact on working there.”
When asked, I will always tell people the best job I’ve ever had as a writer was working for Playboy magazine in 2008. At the time, I was just starting out as a online media reporter, penning eight posts a day for $12.50 per post, a position I felt lucky to have landed. Like nearly every other person working in media that year, I was caught up in the all-encompassing excitement of the 2008 election and the simultaneous rise of online journalism. I was familiar with Playboy‘s illustrious journalism history — its “read it for the articles” bylines are a veritable who’s who of New Journalism heavyweights.