What’s the most important thing Essence editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White looks for in job candidates? An open mind.

“One of the things that will make you successful at Essence is to have a vast curiosity and openness, number one,” she said in the final installment of our Media Beat interview. “Number two, you have to have a love and a passion for Black women and their lives and an understanding of that, an understanding and appreciation for Black women’s struggles and issues and challenges, as well as an appreciation for Black women’s triumphs and successes.”

She also gave some advice for those who are struggling to find well-paying work in hard times: “Stick with building your skills, and experiences, and your network of contacts, and eventually the money will come.”

Part 1: Essence EIC: We Are ‘Absolutely’ Looking for New Writers

Part 2: Constance White: ‘Essence has always had a diverse staff’

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