The Inside Scoop on Regional Magazines

We know, we know. Your goal has been, and always will be, to take over for Anna Wintour (or at least be her trusty assistant). So, what happens when you land your big break but on a smaller scale, like at a regional magazine? It turns out there are numerous perks that result from working at a local publication! Kim Hannel, of Indianapolis Monthly, weighs in and explains what a regional magazine is really all about.

Proximity
Being close to the action allows for relevant stories and makes it easier to go on location and find the information needed. “Proximity and familiarity also mean that we are more likely to find the smaller, super-interesting story that a national magazine just wouldn’t have access to,” Hannel said.

Bigger isn’t always better
Although national magazine companies have larger staffs and consequently, more readily available resources, that’s not to say that regional magazines pale in comparison. Regional magazines have fewer employees, making the family more close-knit and way more home-y.

Silver Lining
No matter what city you end up in, you’ll find your way and make it your home. “The single greatest thing I’ve learned from being at Indianapolis Monthly is that Indianapolis is actually one of the best places in the country to live and work and raise a family. We have so many options and so many experiences and so many opportunities waiting to be discovered,” said Hannel, who’s been the managing editor since 2001. Continue reading

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Edit Test Workshop Recap

Applying for an internship this summer? Looking to brush up on some common knowledge and grammar? Well, look no further! Ed recently held a workshop to introduce whippersnappers to editing tests, which are often a component of the magazine interview process. Read on to find out everything you need to know about acing the test.

Publications usually administer these tests to see the overall knowledge of its future interns and employees. It will encompass most (if not all) of the following sections: grammar, writing, editing, general knowledge, reporting, creativity, generating ideas and knowledge of your audience.

1. Make sure to brush up on all things pop culture prior to the test. Read the newspaper, refresh Twitter, or watch E! News. Do whatever you need to do differentiate yourself.

2. Review ALL your grammar notes. You’ll need to remember your thens and thans, along with those adjectival clauses. You’ll need to eat, sleep, and breathe those AP Style books! Continue reading