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Transcript: Breaking into Music Journalism

How can you get a gig freelancing for music magazines? What's it like to cover the Grammys and the VMAs? How much industry knowledge should a music journalist have? Us music editor Shirley Halperin answers these questions and more in this guide to writing about the music biz.

August 9, 2004

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Jesse Oxfeld: Thank you for coming. Shirley Halperin is the music editor at Us Weekly. Despite being a lifelong rock 'n' roll fan, Shirley has covered virtually every genre of the musical landscape. She started her own alternative music magazine, Smug, while at Rutgers College in 1995. Smug quickly grew from a fanzine to a national glossy magazine.

In 2000, she was charged with relaunching the teen magazine ...

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