Episode 9

Apr 5 / Jennifer Longnion

Meet Josh Schollmeyer

Interview by Jennifer Longnion


April 5, 2021


In this episode...

Josh Schollmeyer, co-founder and editor-in-chief of MEL Magazine elucidates the media industry and more specifically what it takes to disrupt the world of men’s lifestyle content. And what does it take? A multi-faceted USD of tenacity, resilience and idiocy! Josh shares how his midwestern, blue collar roots shaped his tireless work ethic that is best summed up as “Show up, kick in doors, and bounce back quickly!” Come learn about Josh, his talented MEL crew and the brand-backed publication that is now hanging in the balance after a recent divestment by parent company DSC. Josh is optimistic about MEL’s future. While he works to secure that, he would like for you to secure our collective futures by supporting The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
Empty space, drag to resize


Josh Schollmeyer
Josh Schollmeyer is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of MEL, which the New York Times has called “the rare men’s magazine that has taken upon itself to investigate masculinity, not enforce it. It gets double points for managing to pull off that project with style and charm, not self-seriousness.” Previously, Schollmeyer dreamt up the popular Kinja site Playboy SFW, an effort to bring back the brand’s commitment to social-sexual values (but with a 21st century sensibility), and the ebook series “50 Years of the Playboy Interview.” He’s written a bunch of stuff too, most notably the best-selling ebook “Enemies, A Love Story,” about the bromance between dueling film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, then later served as a producer on the Steve James-directed Ebert documentary, “Life Itself,” which was short-listed for an Oscar and won an Emmy. Josh was most recently named to AdWeek's Creative 100 in the media innovators category and included as a finalist for Digiday's Publishing Exec of the Year.
Created with