Last week, ten lucky Ed-sters gathered at Village Deli for a special dinner with Amanda Heckert, the Editor-in-Chief of Indianapolis Monthly. We spent nearly two hours grilling Amanda about everything from internships to interviews to pitching stories. She was extremely kind and patient with all of our questions and dished out some valuable advice!
Amanda started her magazine career with an internship at Atlanta Magazine following her college graduation. After her internship ended, she took a job at a much smaller magazine where she did everything from writing to editing to proofing to cleaning the office. Even though it was extremely stressful, she said her first job gave her the necessary skills to be successful at a larger magazine.
Amanda was later hired on staff at Atlanta Magazine, where she stayed for six years before moving to Indianapolis Monthly. She said that she has been able to move up the masthead much quicker at regional magazines that she would have been able to at national magazines.
Amanda told us Ed-sters to take advantage of all opportunities that come our way. She also emphasized the importance of the cover letter and said that you should tell editors what you can do for them instead of what they can do for you.
We want to thank Amanda for taking the time out of her busy schedule to have dinner with us and for her wonderful advice! We can’t wait to put it into practice!