Amanda Heckert Dinner Recap

Amanda-HeckertLast 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. Continue reading

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Skype Extravaganza Recap

skype_logo-580x367Last week, Ed at Indiana hosted our fall Skype extravaganza! We had the privilege of speaking with two very helpful magazine gurus, Maria Masters, associate health editor at Family Circle, and Emily Farra, editorial coordinator at Style.com. Maria and Emily spoke about their current jobs and answered questions from Ed-sters about how to break into the magazine biz. Here was some of their great advice:

1. Tell everyone you know you want to work in the magazine industry.
Maria said she discovered that she wanted to be a magazine editor early in her college career. She told everyone she knew about her dream and utilized a personal contact to get her first internship. If people don’t know you’re looking, you could miss out on a lot of potential opportunities.

2. Don’t be afraid of post-grad internships.
Both Maria and Emily did post-grad internships and said that they’re a great way to gain to additional experience and make current contacts. Maria did a 6-month postgraduate internship at Men’s Health, which led to her first job, and Emily interned at Marie Claire for three weeks following graduation before getting the call from Style.com.

3. Do your research.
As the intern coordinator for Style.com, Emily said she read about 75 applications for fall interns. She could quickly tell who did their research and knew the website inside and out. Those were the people who were successful. Maria also said that she appreciates job candidates who understand the magazine’s audience and voice. Continue reading