Jill Wilson started working at the Free Press in 2003 as a copy editor for the entertainment section, a job she still holds.
She came to the paper in a roundabout way: after graduating from the University of Winnipeg with a bachelor’s degree in psychology — as all good journalists should — she worked as an editor at the university’s music magazine, Stylus, before being hired at the Winnipeg Sun as a music reporter.
One year of interviewing terrible bands and navigating inebriated crowds at classic rock festivals made it clear the job was not for her, charming as it was to be encouraged to “Take off your top” by groups of young men wearing Coors Light boxes as hats.
Her stint at the Sun was followed by a year as a medical receptionist — the highlight of which was seeing a live roundworm in a Zip-loc bag — and three years as a copy editor at Uptown magazine.
After 10 years at the Free Press, during which time she has edited the Tab and Detour sections of the paper, she has returned to Uptown, now the Free Press’s Thursday entertainment magazine, as editor.
As a lifelong lover of Winnipeg’s arts and cultural scene, it’s a natural fit and she enjoys the challenge of creating a product that appeals to subscribers and those who pick it up on racks around the city.
Jill was a member of the inaugural jury for the Polaris Prize, Canada’s national music award. She is the winner of an Award of Merit from the North American Travel Journalists Association and received an Award of Excellence in the American Copy Editors Society’s National Headline Contest.
She enjoys writing about books, theatre, music and movies, and obsessing about food, nutrition and exercise. She lives with two cats, which is totally one short of being a crazy cat lady.