Freelance writer: Boston Globe, Fast Company, et al
"Hollywood is a good example of how most established industries react to technology; they're kind of slow to adopt them," he says. The topic is front and center on his radar for a book project he's working on. Plus, "It's fun." He's privy to film festivals and movie premiers: "you see the movie and then the director or the star is there to talk to you about it afterward."
He gets around:
Michael's been with the Journal for 13 years, spending much of it (seven years) in the Texas regional office before moving to be editor of the California edition in 2000. When the regional editions were rolled up, he moved to the tech reports. In that capacity he plans and edits the tech reports for the year, fielding story ideas from reporters as well as coming up with some on his own. He also does some reporting, but as an editor first he doesn't write a lot. In last 12 months Michael's written only 16 times and says "that's a good number for me -- I couldn't stand to write less."
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Show me the money
Obviously, a $5 magazine won't take all of the credit for making anyone smarter or richer. Dennis does believe, however, that Forbes shows the readers "people who got smarter or richer" and offers "enlightenment." The main intention is to inform the reader about wealth and how to get it.