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Land Your First Editorial Job

A panel discussion featuring top magazine editors and writers

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  3. Panelists share their stories (13:40) 13:40 FREE!
    Learn how the panelists became freelancers, full-timers, and career-changers.
  4. The realities of freelancing (15:13) 15:13 FREE!
    Freelancers have to find work, pitch stories, network, and get their own health insurance. How can you make it work?
  5. What to do when the jobs are scarce (14:08) 14:08 FREE!
    Even when the economy isn’t struggling, people in editorial are always prepared. Here’s how.
  6. What's the best way to apply for a job? (16:57) 16:57 FREE!
    The panelists provide crucial information on everything from how to start your emails to how much you can expect to make in your first editorial job.
  7. Audience questions (15:10) 15:10 FREE!
    Questions include: Should I take a job at a magazine if I’m not necessarily interested in the topic of the magazine? Can too many internships be a bad thing?
  8. Audience questions (15:22) 15:22 FREE!
    Questions include: Who needs grad school? What are the job opportunities in markets besides New York?

Video Details

Getting an editorial job is harder than ever, as magazines fold and competition grows even fiercer. Having a passion for writing is a start, but how do you get your foot in the door and start climbing the masthead? And with the economy in such flux, how can you compete when staff jobs are disappearing every day?

In this panel, editors from top magazines discuss what it takes to land your first edit job. How important is an internship? Should you go to J-school? Is it better to be an editor at a small magazine or an assistant at a national glossy? What kind of pay can you expect? Just who do you have to know to make it in magazines in this town?

6 videos
1 hour, 30 minutes

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