National Geographic magazine Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg and photojournalist Charlie Hamilton James came to the Fox lot last week to talk to employees about the magazine’s mission of storytelling, science and exploration.
They showed highlights of past and upcoming features from the magazine and discussed how they tell stories using all of the company’s media platforms, including the TV networks, book division, social media and kids properties. “It’s wonderful for people to have a lean-back experience with the magazine,” Susan said. “But their lives don’t live in the magazine’s yellow borders.”
Among the highlights of their June 20 talks were images and film from the magazine’s Photo Ark, a project by photographer Joel Sartore that sets out to capture portraits of 12,000 animals, many of them endangered; an Charlie’s account of his experience buying a parcel of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon; and a preview of Charlie’s upcoming magazine feature on the poisoning of lions in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya.
Susan is the 10th editor, and the first female editor, of National Geographic magazine since it began publication in October 1888. She’s also the Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners. Charlie has been called a conservation photojournalist and specializes in wildlife photography that requires specialized equipment, much of which he manufactures himself.
Here’s a video of their presentation: