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Kim France on Launching Lucky: ‘It was terrifying’

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Kim France has had the unique experience of starting a magazine from scratch. Back in 1999, Conde Nast hired France to launch a magazine about shopping. They called it Lucky.

“It’s a very rare and unusual privilege to get to start a magazine,” France says. “It doesn’t happen every day or even every month or year…It was incredibly thrilling. It was also quite terrifying.”

Check out the video after the jump for more from France, including how she started her new fashion blog, Girls of a Certain Age.

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Personal Essay Writing: Master Class

Personal Essay Writing: Master ClassStarting October 21, work with the senior editor at Marie Claire magazine to polish and publish your essay! Whitney Joiner will help you to develop your voice, narrative, and identity, draft your pitch, and decide where to market your essay. Register now!

Market Yourself as a Freelance Travel Writer

Travel writing careerTravel writing is something many freelancers fantasize about. Getting paid to travel the world and eat amazing food — where do I sign up?

Although it sounds exciting in theory, the reality of life as a travel writer is just as stressful and unglamorous as any other freelance career. In the latest Mediabistro feature, one writer discusses the lessons she’s learned after 10 years in the business. One of the most important ones? Market yourself to death:

Years ago I joined Mediabistro’s Freelance Marketplace, and it paid dividends. Soon after I joined, the editor of an in-flight magazine contacted me via my profile, and I wrote a bi-monthly column for him for four years. I continue to be a member and update my clips regularly. You never know when an editor will be looking for a writer just like you! I also read Mediabistro’s How To Pitch articles. Not only do I look at the travel-specific magazines, but also the lifestyle titles to find out how travel pieces I have in mind might fit into their books. At the end of the day, as with all freelance writing, it’s about being innovative and finding unique perspectives on topics that have already been covered, and making the pitch.

To hear more tips on how to create a lasting travel writing career, read: Embarking On My Greatest Adventure: Freelance Travel Writing.

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Vibe’s Jermaine Hall on What It Really Takes to Be EIC

In the same year that music mags Blender and Giant folded, Vibe shuttered, as well. But, luckily for the iconic mag, it was snapped up by a private equity firm, and editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall was brought on to resurrect the pub. And resurrect it, he did.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hall explains how the mag is winning again and gives advice to aspiring EICs.

“A lot of things that come with being editor-in-chief aren’t necessarily drilled down into the day-to-day tasks,” he said. “It’s a lot of schmoozing; it’s a lot of fixing relationships; it’s a lot of bartering; it’s a lot of people skills, I would say. It’s really going out there to be the ambassador of the brand on all levels.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Jermaine Hall, Editor-in-Chief of Vibe?

Vibe’s Jermaine Hall on What It Really Takes to Be EIC

In the same year that music mags Blender and Giant folded, Vibe shuttered, as well. But, luckily for the iconic mag, it was snapped up by a private equity firm, and editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall was brought on to resurrect the pub. And resurrect it, he did.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hall explains how the mag is winning again and gives advice to aspiring EICs.

“A lot of things that come with being editor-in-chief aren’t necessarily drilled down into the day-to-day tasks,” he said. “It’s a lot of schmoozing; it’s a lot of fixing relationships; it’s a lot of bartering; it’s a lot of people skills, I would say. It’s really going out there to be the ambassador of the brand on all levels.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Jermaine Hall, Editor-in-Chief of Vibe?

How to Land a Journalism Fellowship

Scoring a fellowship can not only boost a journo’s career, but provide valuable resources to carry out a project in this cash-strapped industry. From year-long stints at Ivy League schools to short-term projects, there are many options for those looking to enhance their skills. In the latest Mediabistro feature, veteran journalists and fellowship directors give tips on what you can do to make your application stand out. Here’s an excerpt:

Come up with a doable project.

Some projects sound great but are far too ambitious, dangerous or simply not feasible to pull off within the confines of a fellowship program.

“Sometimes people have this idea that if they just come to Stanford there’ll be computer science geeks falling over to work on their project, but that’s not necessarily the case,” said Jim Bettinger, director of the John S. Knight journalism fellowship program at Stanford. “You have to show in your application that you have the skills to do what you’re proposing and that you are the right person to carry it out.”

For more, read 6 Tips for Landing Journalism Fellowships. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

7 Ways to Manage Up and Get Ahead in the Media Biz

New Yorkers sure do complain a lot. (And rightly so!) But the last thing you want is to come off as a whiner in the workplace. In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts give tips on the art of “managing up,” or how to better your relationship with your boss.

No. 6: Tell your manager what you need

Managing up doesn’t mean saying yes to every request; that can cause trouble later if you become overwhelmed. “Communicating requires you to be open about your needs rather than assuming your manager understands what’s going on,” said career coach Deborah Howard, president of Guiding Change Consulting. “Learn to say, ‘I’ll be happy to work on this project, and I’m also working on these three other projects, so how would you like me to prioritize them?’”

For more advice, read Managing Up: 7 Ways to Keep the Boss Happy.

When It’s Just Better to Quit Your Job

With all the upheaval in the media industry as of late, companies are being forced to slim down and stretch further. Working at a leaner organization isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes there are signs that your talents would be better off elsewhere. How can you tell that the company is really in trouble, and not just experiencing some ups and downs that go along with the industry?

“If you’re worried about layoffs, it’s a good idea to begin on an exit strategy,” advised veteran HR consultant Mary Hladio in Mediabistro’s latest AvantGuild feature. If you see signs that the company is in trouble, like multiple restructures or missed financial projections, it might be a good idea to look for greener pastures.

To read more, check out 5 Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Job. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

5 Signs You Should Quit Your Job

With all the upheaval in the media industry as of late, companies are being forced to slim down and stretch further. Working at a leaner organization isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes there are signs that your talents would be better off elsewhere. How can you tell that the company is really in trouble, and not just experiencing some ups and downs that go along with the industry?

“If you’re worried about layoffs, it’s a good idea to begin on an exit strategy,” advised veteran HR consultant Mary Hladio in Mediabistro’s latest AvantGuild feature. If you see signs that the company is in trouble, like multiple restructures or missed financial projections, it might be a good idea to look for greener pastures.

To read more, check out 5 Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Job. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]