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Identifying Your Strengths and Weaknesses as a Journalist

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For freelancers, figuring out where you shine — and what you need to work on — is a great way to grow and learn more about your craft.

In our latest Journalism Advice column, we got the scoop from several veteran editors on what they’re looking for in a freelancer. One surprising takeaway: some editors are more likely to be won over by a unique story idea than your artful prose. Of course, if you excel at both writing and reporting, you are way ahead of the game.

[Lisa Haney, senior health editor of Fitness] says, “I’m looking for some good balance, somebody who knows how to dig and get good quotes from experts, and to be able to synthesize information into a straightforward voice.” It requires little effort for editors to finesse your work — after all, “edit” is in their job title. On the other hand, scoping out a hot story about a miracle weight-loss supplement or an underground fitness trend that’s sweeping the nation? Not so quick and easy to do.

For more advice, including how to make your editor’s job easier, read: What Editors Really Want From Writers.

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Fitness Magazine Names New Fitness and Beauty Editors

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Fitness magazine welcomes three new editors to their editorial staff.

Lisa Haney has been named the senior fitness editor. Jenna Autuori is the new fitness editor. April Franzino takes over as associate beauty editor.

“We are thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to the FITNESS staff,” Betty Wong, Editor-in-Chief of FITNESS magazine, said in a statement. “With strong professional backgrounds in their respective areas, they are the embodiment of the FITNESS brand-women who embrace health and wellness as a lifestyle.”

Haney will oversee many of the publication’s health news columns and features. Most recently, she has written for such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Runner’s World, and ReadyMade.

As the new fitness editor, Autuori will work on the fitness news pages and columns and cover gear. Autuori was previously an assistant editor at Shape, where she also worked on Shape Bride.

Franzino joins the magazine after three years as assistant editor at Good Housekeeping, where she wrote beauty feature stories and filmed monthly Good Housekeeping Reports TV segments.