A few months after Gannett, the media company that owns The Tennessean and USA Today, posted a job listing looking to hire an “energetic and enterprising writer” to exclusively cover Beyoncé, the job has officially been filled!
Cleveland, Ohio native Caché McClay has been hired to write a new beat that will exclusively focus on Beyoncé, her accomplishments, news, and announcements.
McClay has experience writing and producing news at Hearst Television, NBC News, and BBC News, and most recently was an entertainment reporter for TMZ.
“I grew up in a Beyoncé household, my mother and sister are fans,” she said. “More than playing music, Beyoncé’s impact has shown us the possibilities are endless.”
“I’m excited to dive deeper into her evolution as a businesswoman and to be in Music City,” she added. “There are so many different moving parts to her business.”
35-year-old Bryan West from Arizona was hired by Gannett to be its Taylor Swift Reporter, covering all things related to the Grammy-winning country-pop singer.
“I would say this position’s no different than being a sports journalist who’s a fan of the home team,” he told Variety. “I think that’s the fun of the job is that, yeah, you can talk Easter eggs, but it really is more of the seriousness, like the impact she has on society and business and music.”
The announcement of these two positions caused some controversy and debate in the journalism world, as many feel that Gannett is misallocating resources when local news jobs are being cut at the same time that popstar-specific jobs are being created.
At the same time, there is definitely a demand for all news Bey and all news Tay.