Top 3 Writing Platforms for young journalists

Sierra Vandervort, contributing writer for Ed at Indiana, gives you a list of online writing platforms that you can write for.

As aspiring editors, we know how important experience is in this industry. People will fight tooth and nail for a good internship, and our resumes are constantly stacked with our latest pieces. But what we might not know is the sheer amount of different resume boosters right within your grasp.

Besides the IDS and INSIDE magazine, there are tons of online publications available for you to get your hands on. Send a resume and a quick hello to any (or all) of these top three platforms and you could be well on your way to a goldmine of experience.

1) Elite Daily:

As one of the top writing platforms for our generation, Elite Daily has been growing exponentially in popularity. With over 1.2 million followers, Elite Daily offers young journalists an audience bigger than our wildest dreams. They also make it super easy to work around a college kid’s schedule. As a contributing writer, you’re free to pitch and write articles at your convenience. Have a week full of exams? No problem, so you don’t publish for a couple weeks. Major dead week? Even better. You can submit three articles in a day. They’re not all guaranteed to get published, but if they do you can be sure your work will be seen by a lot of eyes, which is great for getting your name out there.

2) The Huffington Post:

Surprise! The Huffington Post has a blog. They invite young and experienced bloggers alike to join their team of esteemed wordsmiths. As one of the biggest names in publishing, working with HuffPo is a great way to further your career and get you noticed. Plus, you never who could be reading your work.

3) Thought Catalog:  

They’re the source of 50% of the articles you see on your Facebook feed, and they want writers like you. Thought Catalog is different in the sense that they don’t necessarily hire “contributing writers.” They take submissions from young writers and decide to publish based on content, opinion and relativity. That being said, many young writers have contributed dozens of articles in an attempt to get their name in ink. It’s a great first start if you’re more into feature ideas.

The bottom line is, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. We’re at the point in our lives where, arguably, no press is bad press. Get your name on a byline. It doesn’t matter if it’s at or Auto Universe. You’re a writer – so write.



Q+A with Assistant to EIC at Seventeen Magazine

Ali Benveniste, VP of Ed Indiana, interviewed the assistant to  the  editor-in-chief at Seventeen Magazine. 
Meaghan O’Connor
What inspired you to apply for the job at Seventeen?
First of all, I grew up with Seventeen! I felt like I knew the brand inside and out, and have wanted to intern/work here for as long as I could remember. Secondly, I have a ton of respect for my current boss—Editor-in-Chief, Ann Shoket—so when this opportunity came along, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. It was a combination of me knowing how FUN, CHALLENGING, and FAST-PACE the job would be! It just seemed like the perfect fit!
What does a typical day on the job look like for you?
That’s a tough question to answer, because no day is ever the same! I have multiple responsibilities, and I’m constantly rotating between all of them — it’s definitely a balancing act! First and foremost, I’m the Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, Ann Shoket. That means keeping her organized, prepping for meetings, scheduling meetings, and keeping her on track and on schedule every day. If she gets behind, everyone else does too, so that’s a really important piece of my job. When I’m not doing that, I assist our features editors with story ideas, pitches, and big picture thinking. My interest and editorial focus is in health, food, and fitness, so that’s the story research I enjoy most. I also supervise our HUGE team of features interns every semester. I’m in charge of finding, hiring, and ensuring they have a positive work experience during their time here. And lastly, I interact with readers! Whether on social media, reading their emails, or talking to them through in-person focus groups, I ensure that our staff is constantly connected to our reader—because at the end of the day, they keep us in business! 🙂

Entry Level 101 Skype w/ Chandra Turner Recap

Kelsey Roadruck, contributing writer for Ed at Indiana, recapped the meeting we had last Tuesday evening with founder and president of Ed2010, Chandra Turner.

Although it’s a humbling thought to imagine yourself landing your dream job straight out college, it’s a tad – just a tad – unrealistic. Edsters hyperbolic visions were brought down to an attainable level this week as they Skyped with IU Journalism alumna and founder of Ed2010, Chandra Turner. Turner tuned us all into what entry-level editor positions are really like, and how whippersnappers can get there.

“We all wanted to be editors by 2010,” so Ed2010 was born, folks. Straight off the graduation stage, Turner fled the Midwest and headed to New York where she began interning for “American Baby” as part of the ASME program. Her fellow ASME interns were just shy of age from Turner, so when they returned to school in the fall, Turner remained their core contact that was still based in NYC. After graduation in ‘98, the ASME clan reunited with a six-pack and departed once more with a buzz and a website – Ed2010.

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A Day in the Life of Teen Vogue Intern

Carmen Huff, Ed’s President, interviewed a former Teen Vogue intern.  Here’s the inside scoop!


Denali Free is a senior at Savannah College of Art & Design studying advertising. Two summers ago – when Condé still had their intern program – she was an intern for Teen Vogue. She had a blast and returned as a freelance designer last summer. Here is what a typical day looked like:

8:15 a.m. Head out the doors of my apartment and jump on the subway. My commute started in Brooklyn Heights and ended 7 stops away at the infamous Condé Nast building in Times Square.

8:45 a.m. Join the rush of people getting off the subway at 42nd Street, dodge tourists and the ever growing group of Elmo’s, Mickey’s and Minions to finally make it to the front doors of the 4 Times Square. Walk through security and take the elevator to the Teen Vogue offices while subtly checking out (and being completely envious) all the amazing outfits everyone is wearing.

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Allison Berry, Assistant to the Redbook EIC Skype recap

Kaitlyn Chamberlin, Web Director for Ed at Indiana, recapped the meeting we had last Tuesday evening with assistant to EIC of Redbook.


Want to move to NYC, but have absolutely no idea how to get there? Or where to even start looking? Terrified, nervous, ready to take on the big apple – so many emotions! Ed at Indiana caught up with IU Journalism alum, Allison Berry, who gave us all her handy dandy tricks on how to conquer NYC and land your dream job or internship.

Berry is currently the assistant to Editor-in-Chief, Meredith Rollins, at Redbook magazine in New York City. We talked about everything from how she got to where she is today, to what a “normal” day at the office looks like, and what it’s really like living in NYC. Berry held nothing back, and was super honest and sincere with her responses- which is what made the event a success! That, and the fact there was Chick-fil-a, Red Vines, and Coke/Diet Coke! (All red labeled items! Get it? Red labeled items for Redbook! HA!)

Favorite Part of Berry’s Job: Reaching out to women and getting to tell their stories. And of course, the work perks aren’t too bad either… Like beauty sales and cleaning out the fashion closet.

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A Day in the Life of a Style Guru

Kelsey Roadruck, contributing writer for Ed at Indiana, was a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista last summer. This virtual experience taught Kelsey how to be a standout intern.

A day in the life of a Style Guru was not particularly new to Kelsey. She had interned with CollegeFashionista during summer 2013 as a Style Guru for the weekly “What to Wear” column. This summer, CollegeFashionista added a couple departments to its site, which Kelsey jumped at the chance for. Although reporting on other Fashionistas/os’ collegiate clothing choices was inspirationally fun, Kelsey really enjoyed writing for the new “Style Guru Style” column.

10 a.m.

My first Style Guru responsibility was to browse for a recent runway show or trend. This was perhaps the most difficult and time-consuming task I was responsible for this summer. Reimagining a high fashion look in a realistic manner with an affordable approach sometimes took well over an hour. Trust me, my browser’s bookmarks were worn out by the end of the summer.


Makin’ Macklemore proud, Goodwill and local thrift shops were always my go-to when it came to finding a similar style to the one I had (finally) chosen earlier that morning. Believe it or not, I hate shopping, but something about reviving worn wardrobes is always a rewarding feeling, not to mention cheap. Plus, I knew the chances of another intern photographing the same salvaged style would, more than likely, never happen.

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Resume Workshop Recap

Didn’t make it to Ed’s recent resume building workshop? Not to worry, whippersnappers! Here are the top 5 things we learned.

1. Make sure your resume is organized and has your most recent experiences at the top.
Editors are super swamped with reviewing resumes, so they’re likely to just skim it. Make sure yours is well organized with specific sections to ensure the important points aren’t overlooked.

2. Stick to a two-font maximum
To avoid having your resume look like your 8-year-old birthday party invitations, make sure it isn’t crammed full of fonts. Go with a simple serif font. You can never go wrong with Times New Roman!

3. Leave off expected skills
These days, everyone is proficient in Microsoft Word. Not sure how to stand out? If you know html coding, definitely include that. Editors love to see unusual skills that may be applicable to the job or internship you’re applying for. Continue reading