The Art of Networking

Kennedy Coopwood, contributing writer for Ed at Indiana, gives you tips on how to network!

Everyone networks. Whether you realize it or not, even you network. Anytime you refer your friend to a specific hairdresser, ask your friend to put in a good word for you with a job or someone of interest, or when you take down someone’s number for more information, you network. Networking is the easiest most effective tool for you in your life and carrier. Don’t “know how to network”? Ed at Indiana has got you covered.

When it comes to networking, the most important thing to remember is to always take down the name. Establishing a connection with someone is easy for us, editors-in-training, as we understand the importance of making a lasting impression. Once you meet and greet and exchange the smiles, never hesitate to get contact information.

Stay in touch with your connections. Example: If you frequently visit the hardware store and the staff starts to recognize you, make sure you recognize them in return. This way, the next time you come in, you have people ready to assist you. You may even get new info on deals, references to other customers who actually specialize in the area of repair you are looking for, or even better, discounts! If that doesn’t get you excited about networking, I don’t know what will.

The best thing about networking is you don’t know how much anyone could be of use until you actually use them. When it comes to the corporate world, it’s pretty black and white. An executive producer of a film would be great to provide insight on production, a photographer would be great to talk to if you have an interest in the photo industry and a magazine editor would be a great source for enterprise journalism and the magazine business. These types of titles are references, but when you’re talking to an editor and they mention they used to be a dancer and still keeps in contact with people on Broadway, now you have a double reference!

It’s all about communication and relationship. Don’t be afraid to build a reputation for yourself. Networking leads to career building and development, and while you strive to become the best editor you can be, always remember, networking is the key.

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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 TeenVogue.com or Auto Universe. You’re a writer – so write.

 

Day in the Life: Musicholics4U.com Social Media Intern

Seeing as she was ALWAYS on social media, Lindsay Moore, VP of Communications for Ed, found a summer internship that best suited her savy social skills. She found the perfect balance of flexibility and solid job experience through her virtual social media internship with music website Musicholics4U.com.

10:00am: Open up all social media accounts, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. Record the analytics from the previous days’ posts in an excel file.

10:15am: Google chat with Musicholics4U.com founder, aka my boss, Sarah Karkoura. We would discuss the week’s project, my progress from last week and address any questions that I had.

10:30am: Send Sarah an email with my daily/weekly goals for each social media site.
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A Day in the life at Michael Kors

Sierra Vandervort, Ed writer, worked for Michael Kors as a press and sales intern this past summer. 

Living and working in New York City can be one of the most exhilarating, exhausting and scary times of your life. This past summer, I had the luck of working as a press and sales intern for the luxury brand Michael Kors. With the corporate offices in the heart of Manhattan, I gained a lot of experience in areas I never thought I would. From navigating the subway systems, to meeting Michael during the Spring product reviews, every day was a new adventure.

9:00 AM – I wake up in my NYU dorm room in Greenwich. The bustling of the cars and horns below my window motivate me to start my day.

10:00 AM – I’m dressed and out the door. I cut through Washington Square Park to grab some Starbucks before I start my day. (The coffee is actually included on my NYU meal plan, score!)

10:15 AM – I hop on the uptown F train to take me to 42nd St. and Bryant Park. The Michael Kors offices are right in the heart of midtown with a gorgeous view over the park.

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What I Wish I Knew: Cynthia Wang

Lindsay Moore, VP of Communications for Ed at Indiana, had the chance to interview Cynthia Wang, freelancer for People, Who, and AdNews

 First day as an intern:

“What I wish I knew when I walked into the People office as an intern was, who exactly the copy editors were. Because ultimately, even though you think you want to appeal to your bosses, the people who really help you are the copy editors. They make sure your stories are flawless. So I wish there was more of an introduction to the whole staff.”

During your first interview:

“I wish I knew that I could really ask as many questions as I wanted to. Until someone specifically says I need to leave now, you can keep asking things. I really wish I knew that because I think stories would be deeper if I had more quotes. I was just so excited to get someone talking to me. I think that’s always the case, you’re always going to do more when you have more. And you think, oh well I don’t really need to talk to this person for this long. But it’s not about need, it’s about being a good reporter and being a very social person.”

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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 Style.com 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.

Noon

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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