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Earlier this month I had a chance to chat with Polina Marinova, Editor at Fortune and author of the weekly newsletter “The Profile” and the weekday newsletter “Term Sheet.”
Polina began her career in journalism studying at the University of Georgia where she received her B.A in journalism. She was EIC of the school newspaper among other roles including reporter, news editor, and page designer.
Her first two jobs (yes, two at once) were with USA Today, as the Community Manager, and CNN acting as a reporter, fact-checker, and photo gallery expert. In 2014, she moved to OZY and became Social Media Editor revamping the outlet’s social presence. Shortly after she landed at Fortune Magazine where she produces Term Sheet with Lucinda Shen, and authors the weekly newsletter “The Profile,” which you can subscribe to HERE.
Learn more about Polina and her favorite snuggie (missing from photo) in this month’s What’s On My Desk.
1. Can you start by telling me a little bit about what’s on your computer screens?
It’s Term Sheet, Fortune’s daily deal maker newsletter that features venture capital and private equity deals. On the second screen is a market intelligence tool that I use to figure out what a company does, where it’s based, and who has backed it.
2. Your desk is VERY organized. Do you prefer to have things neat and tidy or was this just to impress us and our readers?
I may or may not have thrown out a dead plant, put away all my post-its, and fixed the magazines scattered around. But yeah, it’s always this organized 😉
3. What’s in the cup: coffee, tea, a concoction your boss shouldn’t know about?
You know, just your classic Starbucks caramel macchiato with extra shots of espresso.
4. I see quite a few notebooks on your desk. Do you use each one for something specific?
I technically only need one, but there’s nothing like the feeling of writing in a brand new notebook. So I use all three for the same purpose — taking notes while talking to sources and/or as to-do lists for my life.
5. I spy a stack of Fortune magazines. Do you typically read the print version of Fortune, or is there another use for having these at your desk?
I read the print version. The reason I have a few Fortune 500 issues is because I have a story in there and you just never know when someone will suddenly show up to the office and want an autographed copy. Always have to stay ready.
6. There’s nothing like having two monitors for maximum productivity. Do you find you do your best work at your desk, or is there another “space” or place you feel more productive?
It’s much easier to work on Term Sheet with two screens. I come into the office at 6 a.m, so I’m much more productive when everything’s quiet and the coffee machine isn’t making noise every 30 seconds.
7. Explain the story behind the large photo. I’m cracking up looking at it!
My editor gave it to me as a gift. Here’s what he told me happened: The PayPal founding alums all went on to become powerful figures in Silicon Valley but maintained their connections. In November 2007, Fortune decided to write about them at length, with the headline literally being “The Paypal Mafia“— and photograph them like the Sopranos.
8. We’re big fans of sending thank yous to all our journalist friends. Do you receive them often with folks you work with?
Ha! Not too regularly, but I love the fact that some people still send physical cards. Plus, a card that reads “You Kick Ass” is something everyone should have on their desk.
Just that I’m really sad that my University of Georgia snuggie blanket could not be proudly displayed in this photo. Just know it’s there.