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How To Become An Editor-In-Chief

7 tried-and-true tactics you'll need to reach the top

- May 21, 2012
Your dream: to sit at the helm of a major magazine, making executive decisions and holding weekly editorial meetings in a swanky, modern office with a plush leather rolling chair. You must have the leather rolling chair.

Your reality: a slow climb from an internship to maybe a comfy and somewhat noteworthy spot as an associate or department editor. Still, you've scooched along at what seems like an elderly snail's pace and have an unshakeable feeling that you've plateaued.

Depending on the size of the publication and the stability of the market -- which, let's face it, has not been that kind to print publications lately -- the magazine masthead is not the playground of overnight sensations. There are, however, key elements to ascending to the loftier titles at the top of the page. Develop a new strategy with these tips: ...

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