Last month we announced that our very own Jules LeFevre had been promoted to Editor of Junkee. As the site enters an exciting new era, we sat down with Jules to hear about her journey, have her share some of her favourite moments from the last five years, and give us a taste of what is to come.
You've been with Junkee for five years, tell us a little about your journey?
I started at Junkee way back in July 2016, approximately 10 million years ago in COVID times. I was hired as a staff writer across FasterLouder and inthemix – the two music websites. FasterLouder folded into Music Junkee in 2017, and inthemix was also consolidated a year or so later – after which I became the editor of Music Junkee.
It was a dream role, every day I couldn’t believe that my life was to write about music. It was wonderful – still is.
Almost five years to the day after I joined Junkee, I was made editor of the whole shebang. It’s an immense privilege.
In your time at Junkee, what stories are you most proud of?
Last year, staff writer Joseph Earp and I pulled together a colossal feature – The 200 Greatest Australian Songs Of All Time. It was mammoth – basically the length of a novella.
I’m also immensely proud of the work we’ve done on the #MeToo movement in the Australian music industry, and our numerous features on stan culture, which really pushed the issue to the mainstream and resulted in a few of the team being interviewed on the ABC and SBS.
Also, anything by Joseph Earp is an honour to publish – he’s one of the best writers in Australia and to have his work on the website every day is wonderful.
You know the Junkee audience really well, what do you love most about our readers?
Honestly? That they’re all a bunch of weird nerds. Our readers are passionate – about everything from politics to obscure SNL skits to TikTok memes to 2000s pop music and beyond. They’re passionate and engaged about everything.
It's an exciting time to be stepping into the editor role, what should we expect to see on the site in the next six months?
It’s really exciting – and we’ll be focusing on what we do best, creating quality content that stands out from the crowd and differentiates us from our competitors. More interesting features, more interesting writers, more interesting angles.