Meet Contemporary Media, Inc.: Pamela Denney

Get to the faces behind our publications: Contemporary Media, Inc. is the parent publishing company of Memphis Flyer, MBQ: Inside Memphis Business, Memphis magazine and Memphis Parent.

Meet Pamela Denney: Food Editor, Memphis magazine.

1. What does your position entail? I review restaurants for the Dining Out and Tidbits sections of the magazine every month, I write the magazine’s food blog called Memphis Stew, and I coordinate food coverage for food-related magazine covers.

2. How did you get into this industry and what insight can you give someone interested in this industry? I have one comment here: Learn how to write clearly and concisely and remember that media is all about telling a story in a compelling and interesting way.

3. On an off day from work, you will find me... gardening. I spotted strawberry plants with blossoms the other day. I'm very excited!

4. What is number one on your Memphis bucket list? To attend Al Green’s church and hear him preach.

5. How long have you worked here? Frankly, I can’t remember exactly. I started writing a parenting column for Memphis Parent. I was later hired as a copy editor for the Flyer, where I eventually assumed responsibility for the food news column, and finally I moved to the magazine writing to handle the magazine’s blog and food writing.

6. What sets Memphis magazine apart from other publications in the Mid-South of its kind? Memphis magazine informs and captures the unique voices of people who live and work in Memphis.

7. When did you know that you loved words and wanted to use them to tell people a story? I wrote my first column in the seventh grade for our community’s weekly newspaper about the goings-on at my junior high school. It was called Pam’s Prattle. I was pretty much hooked at that point.

8. Tell me anything else interesting about yourself. Your favorite book, movie, part about working here, your dog’s ridiculous name, anything! My work with CMI is now my “second” job. I teach journalism fulltime at the University of Memphis. And my dog? Well, my daughter named him Gryffindor, but these days we call him Grif.


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