US Weekly and Time Recap

Lindsay Moore, VP of Communications for Ed at Indiana, recapped last week’s Us Weekly and Time meeting. 

For Ed’s third Skype Hype this semester we were lucky enough to speak with two writers for weekly magazines. They gave us an inside look on how to land an interview, impress editors and be a standout intern.

We spoke with Us Weekly beauty writer, Rose Walano, about the differences between web and print and how to excel in both. Walano has worked at Elle.com, Glamour.com and Teenvogue.com and basically every other dream publication you can think of.

Cover Letters:

  1. Cover letters need to be tailored to the organization you’re applying for. Walano recommends being very familiar with the publication’s style and attitude so that you can mimic it in your cover letter.
  2. She also recommended adding some of your own personality. Cover letters are your first impression with editors—so make it sound like you!
  3. Absolutely no grammar or spelling mistakes! This sounds like a no brainer but submitting sloppy work puts you first on the chopping block.

Your work isn’t over once you land the internship. Walano gave us insider tips on what she did to stand out as an intern and what she notices about her own interns.

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Embracing the Voice and Personality of a Magazine

Kennedy Coopwood, contributing writer for Ed at Indiana, gives you tips for how to find the voice and personality of a magazine. 

With so many magazines out there in the world, how do you fit right with just one? What can you do to set you in good standings with that particular magazine and brand? How will you stand out among others who have the same drive and who may even write or edit better than you do? The answer: Target your writing to a specific magazine.                                                                                                  Your cover letters, your sample writings for the magazine, even the way you present yourself should reflect that you are perfect for the job. Embrace the magazine as yours. Here’s how you can do that…

  • Do your research.

Find out what the magazine stands for. Figure out why the magazine was created and why people read it. The voice of the magazine is what keeps people reading. Study the style. Look at how articles are developed and printed. Sit down, take some time out of your day, and read.
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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. 
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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!

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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.

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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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How to Email an Editor

Kelsey Roadruck, contributing writer for Ed at Indiana, gives you all her tips on how to write a standout letter to the editor of your favorite mag!

There comes a very daunting time in an aspiring journalist’s time, and that time includes a shaky, clammy palm hovering above a mouse pad, eyes closing – no, squeezing – shut after rereading for the billionth time and finally clicking “send.” Letters to an editor can be overwhelmingly nerve-racking as you ponder detail-to-detail what you could revise, replace, and rewrite. Often times you end up scrapping the entire email and procrastinating on your career inquiry just one more day. If you couldn’t already tell, that one more day isn’t going to come on its own and land you that magazine editing job you want. However, Ed at Indiana has done some thorough research (from browsing WikiHow to asking editors themselves) to provide you the best email toolkit for a confident, and much less sweaty, “send”.

  1. Give the subject line a great deal of consideration. This is ultimately the first line of “copy” an editor will probably read of yours, and we all know first impressions are essentially either deal sealers or breakers. Though a catchy subject line is important to a point, conciseness and correct grammar will get you, and your email, even farther. A heavily hooked subject line may very well get an editor to open your email before others. However, if the subject line doesn’t match up with an email’s inquiring content or, worse, is an over-exaggeration of yourself or capabilities, then an editor may get frustrated and revert back to their inbox without a second glance. Note: If you have a solid reference, use this subject line to read “Referred to you by [reference’s name].”

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