The Convergence Phenomenon

As technological advancements continue to transform our means of acquiring information and staying up to date on current issues, we are finding ourselves to be increasingly reliant on our computers and smartphones. This defines our generation’s “convergence” phenomenon. Instead of seeking out various types of media to find out the marital statuses of the hottest celebrities and the latest fashion trends in hard-copy magazines or on entertainment news channels, we can now find out all of this information online with the help of a search engine and some clicking around.

Becoming the owner of an iPhone 4S only recently, I am beginning to learn just how imperative it is to have 24/7 access to just about anything imaginable. Instead of missing out on updates and responding to emails too late, all of this can now be done on time with the help of the latest technologies. Thank God for techies, eh?

While some abuse this technological luxury by being antisocial and glued to their devices, most of us (I hope!) know proper etiquette. If you haven’t realized already, our society is changing- drastically. What was commonplace just a decade ago is now becoming obsolete and rather archaic, and I am finding that if you do not change with the times, you will be left behind.

As magazine publishers offer websites for their readers to peruse, less are relying on print to fulfill their cravings. Is it the beginning of the end for print publications? Or are online media acting simply as supplemental material for larger publications?

Only time will tell. 

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Gaining that Competitive Edge

Those who wish to write for a prestigious magazine someday (me!) know just how imperative it is to secure an internship early on, prior to graduation if possible. Despite the sometimes tedious act of devising a resume and organizing a cover letter that outlines your goals and honorable reputation, gaining that competitive edge over others that are also eager to work in the magazine industry definitely outweighs the possible headaches.

Internships, if you are lucky enough to actually learn something and not be the “coffee fetcher,” can be an extremely rewarding experience. It allows you to take the concepts learned in textbooks and during class discussions and apply them to realistic situations, all the while networking and establishing what could potentially be lifelong friendships.

A particularly comprehensive website that I refer to for internship opportunities is Ed2010. It allows you to easily scroll through the open internships which are updated nearly everyday to facilitate in landing your dream job. On their website, they explain that

Ed2010 is a community of young magazine editors and magazine-editor wannabes who want to learn more about the industry so we can fulfill our dreams of landing top editing and writing positions in the magazine industry.

That is where I recently discovered an opening at SarahScoop, an online blog forum that unites all women with an interest in fashion, beauty, fitness, recipes, and do-it-yourself projects.

If it weren’t for Ed2010, I would most likely not be writing for SarahScoop and meeting women whose goals are aligned with mine. Together we are planing for our futures, and what better way than to do so than continue honing our writing skills and participating in something we’re passionate about?

Thanks, Ed!

Uniting the Talent

Stumbling upon the site recently, I discovered I Want Her Job , a database that compiles the stories of successful women who have accomplished their goals and are on the road to fulfilling their dreams in many different fields including writing, design, art, and many others. When I began reading about the success stories and journeys of these women, it gave me hope that one day I too will be able to do what I love- magazine writing. It also allowed me to gain insight into the process of landing a dream job and tips on how do to so, which can be relevant to anyone who is on the prowl for that killer position!

In the words of Grace Gold, beauty expert and journalist who graduated from NYU with a BA in Journalism, “Don’t view other women as your competition. Your only competition is time. Find like-minded girl friends, support one another, grow together and dominate.”

It is more common to hear nowadays about unemployment rates rather than about how individuals are actually securing jobs that they are passionate about. When I tell others that I am majoring in Journalism/Professional Writing, sometimes they reply, “Why would you ever do that?”  The truth is, regardless of how competitive the job market is for writers to work for Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Marie Claire, or any other high-end magazine, it is my passion. Faking enthusiasm in any other field would surely make me miserable. I Want Her Job gave me the opportunity to identify with and relate to other women similar to me who have succeeded. Now that’s what I call inspiration!

Inspiration in an Eminent Place

Kate White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine 

In charge of overseeing one of my favorite magazines, Kate White’s abounding successes make her an esteemed role model to emulate. Her career began differently than most in the industry, however. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in English at Union College, her career was kick-started with her Top Ten College Women contest win sponsored by Glamour magazine where she was  pictured on the cover. Don’t we all wish we could be this fortunate?!

Her career seemed to sprout from there, and as she began fulfilling her dreams and rising to the top, she took on larger pursuits while never abandoning her passion for fiction writing. Not only does she oversee Cosmo books, Cosmopolitan.com, and the applications Cosmo produces, she has also published several books that have made it onto the New York Times bestselling list, including If Looks Could Kill, A Body to Die For, Til Death Do Us Part, Over Her Dead Body, Lethally Blond, and Hush.

Kate White established herself as editor-in-chief of one of the most lucrative magazines in circulation, and she is also the winner of the Matrix Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communication and the Woodhall Institute Award for Ethical Leadership.

YOU GO GIRL!