Thursday, October 25, 2012

Intern Profile on Jillian D'Onfro

Jillian D’Onfro, a senior at Syracuse University this year, sat down with me and gave an introspective on her somewhat quirky life. Look out Zooey Deschanel – this girl is gunning for your crown!

What made you want to pursue journalism as a career?
I’ve always loved stories. I want to spend my whole life learning, and I think that being a journalist is a great way to make sure that your eyes never stop widening with curiosity.

What journalistic (or even non-journalistic) activities are you involved with during the school year at Syracuse?
This past year at Syracuse I was first the opinions editor then the features editor for a student publication called Jerk. I also wrote a weekly restaurant review column for The Daily Orange, our school newspaper. I’m also a radio DJ and the student life editor of the yearbook. Next semester I’ll be abroad in Istanbul, but I’ll be writing a travel column about it for the school newspaper once a week.

What's the one story or project you have worked on in your journalistic career (so far) that you are most proud of?
Since freshman year I’ve also been involved with a volunteer group called International Young Scholars, where once a week I tutor a Somali-Bantu refugee. Freshman year and sophomore year I worked with this wonderful young woman named Zeytun, but the summer after sophomore year, an arranged marriage led her to move across the country to Arizona. Later that year, my conversations with her and my experience going to her wedding led me to write a feature for Jerk about arranged marriages for Somali teens, and how traditional customs translate to America.

What was your first day like at Inc. Magazine?
Oh man, I remember being completely overwhelmed and excited. I got to write my first web piece that day. Everyone was so friendly. I fell in love right away.

What's one thing that has stuck out to you the most about your internship?
How a magazine relies on so many little pieces coming together from all these different people.

Any funny/interesting story from your internship this summer or just in general about your summer in NY?
Every night that I spend with my wonderful, hilarious roommates breeds at least one funny story.

What's been your favorite thing about NY this summer?
I’ve always been a night owl, and I love living in a city that doesn’t close up shop at 2 a.m. Late night dinners, late night dancing, late night wanders on streets that feel just as alive at 3 a.m. as they do at 3 p.m.

What are some of your favorite things to do in your free time?
I have listened to almost every episode of “This American Life” (and the show got started in 1995 — that’s a lot of Ira Glass). I love to make collages, drink coffee, and dance like a spastic second grader. I like to spend my time reading short stories and making failed attempts to complete crossword puzzles.

What is your dream magazine job?
I’m really into Bust or Esquire. I can also see myself at Wired, Mental Floss, or Paper (if I somehow increased my hip-ness level about ten thousand percent first of course).

What is one interesting thing about you that you think people should know?
I will put peanut butter on anything. And at home I gave up my bed to now sleep on a giant beanbag chair called “The LuvSac.” (Awful decision, high school Jill).

-by Carson Blackwelder, ASME Intern, TV Guide

Intern Profile on Laura Cofsky

Despite her pint-sized build, regular giggle bursts, and honest-to-goodness kindness, thinking big and dreaming bigger comes easy for NYC local Laura Cofsky.
“I want to be the editor-in-chief of a women’s magazine,” she says.
As a Fitness intern, the 20-year-old has a head start. “Maybe EIC of Fitness,” she continues. An assured smile spreads across her face. “Or Glamour. Glamour is every girl’s dream.”
But it’d be a mistake to assume Laura is like every other girl— for starters, she swing dances every Thursday and will spend the fall in London. Laura, an English major at the University of Pennsylvania, is an opinion columnist for the school newspaper. Her piece on “drunkorexia,” a disorder that combines alcoholism and anorexia, gained attention from Philadelphia Magazine. A blogger argued that “drunkorexia” is just a part of college life. “The point of good journalism is to start a dialogue,” Laura says.
Now, Laura has taken her skills from school to the world’s magazine hub. At Fitness, she blogs, researches, and attends press events. Fittingly so, Laura is a fitness enthusiast. She’s recently taken up jogging, adding onto her yoga regimen.
Born in Queens and raised in Manhattan, Laura describes herself as a creature of habit. This summer, that’s changing.
“When people talk about restaurants in the city, I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’” she says. “Playing tourist is fun because you get to realize New York is not just the pizza place five blocks down.”
And with more local discoveries, Laura finds more reasons to <3 NY.
“I consider myself a bit of a New York elitist,” she says. “Whenever people talk to me, I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s better in New York.”
But Laura says she knows there’s more to the world than the city, hoping to explore Philadelphia or San Diego eventually.
“New York is very cosmopolitan, but in some ways, it’s very not,” she says. “It’s like a good imitation of everything. Sure, a good imitation of a Fendi bag is great, but I want to have the real Fendi bag.”
And for this big-city girl with big aspirations, the real deal is just within reach.
-Sheri Alzeerah,  ASME Intern, University of Texas at Austin

Intern Profile on Page Grossman

As someone with previously little exposure to print publications, Page Grossman was thrilled to see her name in print in an issue of Popular Science, where she’s interning this summer. “Seeing your work published online is great, but there’s just nothing like knowing that magazine went out to so many people,” she says. Page eagerly awaited the arrival of the September issue, and as soon she got her hands on a few copies she mailed them out to friends and family.
Originally from Coleyville, Texas, this University of Oklahoma senior studies both Online Journalism and Art History. On campus, she serves on the Integrity Council reviewing cases of plagiarism and cheating, and also manages the website for the school’s art museum.
Page’s background in the arts has not held her back at Popular Science, where she appreciates the opportunity to “learn about science-y things that I don’t understand and make it easier for everyone else to understand.” She has also been very impressed by the magazine’s staff, noting that, “They really know their field.” Many of the people she works with have graduate degrees in the sciences, and are experts in their areas of interest.
When she’s not in the Popular Science offices, Page enjoys exploring different neighborhoods in New York City. “I love how you can walk five blocks and you’re in a different area where the people are totally different,” she says. She’s also loved the culture of food in New York City, where she sees people often eat not just to consume food, but rather to really appreciate it.
As much as she has enjoyed her time in New York City, Page is not sure where she’ll be a year from now. “I’ll go wherever the world or fate takes me,” she says. She plans to spend the summer after graduation traveling around the world before settling down anywhere.
Wherever she may end up, New York has certainly left an impression on her. “I feel more at home here than I ever have in Oklahoma,” she says.
-Madeleine Frank, ASME Intern, Harvard University

Intern Profile on Julie Mazziotta

Julie Mazziotta is no stranger to traversing unfamiliar territory.
While most of us eagerly awaited our magazine placements by refreshing our email inboxes at home, Mazziotta was sitting in the Plaka, a square teeming with tourists in the shadow of the Acropolis in Athens, depending on the pocket of WiFi there to do the same. She was on the fourth leg of her trip around Europe after studying in London for four months, and flight after flight, she traveled to a new city every few days, switching languages and rhythms.
These adaptive skills have served her well at Real Simple’s beauty department.
“I wasn’t expecting beauty at all,” Mazziotta says, explaining how she rarely liked to put on makeup; even her mother began laughing when she heard the news.
A rising senior at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Mazziotta is a political science major who became interested in journalism at a young age through her mother, a reporter at the Associated Press. In high school, Mazziotta even had the opportunity to flex her political journalism muscles, helping the AP cover the 2008 Democratic National Convention, where President Obama accepted the nomination.
Even though she now works at a magazine that deals with topics nowhere near politics, Mazziotta has comfortably slipped into her internship. She had always read Real Simple, and so far this summer, she has attended events, met with PR representatives and learned the brands the magazine often works with for their pages.
“I didn’t think of beauty as this technical,” she says, noting how familiar she’s become with the brands.
But it’s easy to see why Mazziotta can handle it all. A co-captain of the Bryn Mawr crew team, she wakes up every morning at 5 a.m. to row and practice before classes begin during the season. Despite being short for a rower at 5’ 3”, Mazziotta is a determined leader.
And Real Simple’s been the right fit for the hardworking Mazziotta. At a small department, she gets the chance to attend every meeting, including two in the office of the editor-in-chief. Outside the office, New York City’s not such a far cry from the bustle of London, so the reverse culture shock expected of study abroad returnees has not fully sunk in for her; instead, she says the moves from city to city in the past few months have made her adjustments easy.
After ASME, Mazziotta will take on the task of News Editor at the Bi-College News, continue to lead the crew team, and will likely attend the Republican National Convention. Though each role requires different sets of skills, Mazziotta will have no trouble adapting to her tasks.
-Shirley Li, ASME Intern,  Northwestern University

Intern Profile on Taylor Long

Taylor Long loves everything. Well, everything but being interviewed, that is.

“I’m not used to being the interviewee,” says Long, who is sitting at her kitchen table, nervously stabbing a grapefruit with a butter knife. “It feels weird; I’m normally asking the questions.”

The Food & Wine intern, who hails from Indiana, Pennsylvania, has had a summer of firsts. “I have tried so many new foods at Food & Wine. You learn to trust that whatever they offer you is going to taste great, no matter what it is,” she explains.

Although food reporting is a new beast for Long, this internship is far from her first stint in magazines. As a journalism major at Ithaca College, Taylor has had her hand in writing for the better part of her adult life, transitioning from newspaper “shenanigans” in high school to news editor of her college paper, The Ithacan. She even spent last summer in Chicago, interning at the award-winning In These Times magazine, where she encountered Jesse Jackson at a protest she was sent to cover. “I thought I was so cool,” recounts Long, who kept one of Jackson’s protest banners as a wall-adorning souvenir. “I do feel bad sometimes for using their woes as decorative pieces, though.”

While she hasn’t met any Baptist ministers at Food & Wine, Taylor says her summer has been exciting and unexpected. “It’s so rewarding when the editors pick one of your ideas. You feel like you’re actually changing things—like you have a larger influence over the magazine’s content,” Long explains, smiling.

When asked where she sees herself in five years, Taylor admits she doesn’t quite know. She loves to travel, but she has no specific place in mind. She adores city magazines (“I want to intimately know them”), but she isn’t sure which one. “Whatever I do, I tend to enjoy it,” she says, setting down the butter knife. “I don’t want to commit to anything until I really know if I like it. So for now, I’m just enjoying the ride.”

-Chloe Metzger, ASME intern, Parents

Intern Profile on Taysha Murtaugh

Taysha Murtaugh is 21-years-old and pursuing a journalism, political science and psychology degree at Iowa State University. She is currently the online editor of her campus magazine, Sir. Prior to Sir magazine Murtaugh has written for the following publications at her university: Iowa State Daily, Ethos magazine, and Catalyst magazine. This past school year, Murtaugh finished up her internship at Better Homes and Gardens, where she was the online editorial apprentice.  With plenty of experience under her belt, Murtaugh has proven that she has what it takes to succeed at the popular fashion magazine, InStyle as the editorial intern.
Murtaugh didn’t know what to expect when she began to work at InStyle, but she is definitely enjoying the experience. “I’m learning so much about what it takes to plan a magazine,” said Murtaugh. “All of the details about the products we feature really matter, and that’s the kind of thing I’m in charge of, researching and gathering.”
As an editorial intern, Murtaugh compiles a lot of research for editors of the magazine. One task was to research a competing magazine and present an analysis to a team of editors. That was the best experience she has had so far. “It was completely nerve-racking, but it was also awesome,” she said.  
As for living in the Big Apple, Murtaugh has been having the time of her life. From starting a dance-party in a “stuffy” bar to dancing in the rain with friends in lower Manhattan, she has been making the most of her time in the city. The most exciting moment had to be seeing Hollywood actress, Cameron Diaz. “Seeing a person I’ve watched countless times on movie screens was like seeing a ghost,” wrote Murtaugh on her ASME blog post. “To be honest, it scared me a little. It also made my week.”
Murtaugh’s internship is slowly coming to a close but she plans on enjoying every minute of it and living in New York City. Before it ends she hopes to attend a Yankees game, go to a few museums and visit Ellis Island. Most importantly, she plans to have some fun with the other ASME interns before it’s time to head home. “I want to spend more time just having fun with the other interns, because we won’t be living in the same building or even the same city pretty soon,” said Murtaugh.
After the internship is over, she will be entering her senior year at Iowa State University this fall and can’t wait to enjoy it with her best friends. During her senior year, Murtaugh will continue to search for an internship or a job post-graduation.  However, the first thing she plans to do once she gets to Iowa is meet her new baby niece, Kinsley, who was born right after she got to New York.
Murtaugh is anxious about her future, the fact is that it even scares her. “It’s frightening that in ten months, I will be a college graduate thrust into the real world. Eventually, I hope to have a job at a publication where there is opportunity to contribute and grow,” she said. “Something that’s really important to me is that, I feel that I am making a difference in people’s lives. I also really want to have a family. Basically, I want it all.” 
-Mabel Martinez, ASME Intern, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus

Intern Profile on Bridget Mallon

During our first few days in New York, my roommates and I were completely dependent on Bridget Mallon to help us navigate the city. While the rest of us tried to keep up with her fast-paced strides, confused looks splayed across our faces as we entered the subway, Bridget remained confident—interning at Time Out New York last summer had not only allowed prepared her well for her ASME internship at Family Circle, but the experience clearly provided her with extremely useful knowledge about the Big Apple.
             “I love the energy of the city,” she said. “I feel like there’s just this indescribable desire to always be doing something here.” 
            During her time at Ohio University, Bridget has held many responsibilities both on and off campus. Currently, she serves as the editor-in-chief of Thread Magazine, an online publication at OU dedicated to fashion. Bridget also writes and edits for The Glitter Guide, a lifestyle, fashion, and beauty website, and she works on her honors college’s alumni magazine, for which she was previously the editor-in-chief. If that wasn’t enough, Bridget also formerly wrote for her university’s daily paper. The Associated Press Society of Ohio even awarded her third place for best feature writer for a story she wrote on students abusing Adderall.
            Bridget plans to pursue magazine journalism after graduation, and for now she is enjoying her time at Family Circle, which she describes as “absolutely amazing.” She added, “I just feel welcome there. I feel like I’m part of the staff and I feel like I’m valued.” 
-Sarah Lyon, ASME Intern, Colby College

Sunday, August 12, 2012

What Makes A New Yorker?

I have lived in New York for the last three years, and yet I have only recently begun to feel like a true New Yorker.

New York magazine has a recurring blog post called "21 Questions" in which they ask famous New Yorkers (among 20 other questions) what makes someone a New Yorker. The answers always vary widely--from the speed in which one crosses the street, to one's likeliness to be found in Midtown versus the outer neighborhoods, to simply having a genuine love of this city.

I'm not exactly sure what my own answer would be, or even why I have only just now started to feel as such.

Perhaps, because this was my first summer staying in the city--the summer I turned 21, and a whole new New York opened up for me. The summer I started paying rent on my first New York apartment. And held my first full-time internship. The summer I finally traded in my old Illinois state ID for an official New York version. 

It was a summer of the hum of an office, of glossy magazines and mini page layouts, and coffee runs and e-mails, and working for editors that were some of the best bosses I have ever had.

It was a summer of picking up elaborate wedding cakes in Brooklyn for photo shoots, and balancing them on my lap headed into Midtown, praying that I wouldn’t let the layers of fondant splatter on the sidewalk outside of 4 Times Square when I jumped out of the cab.

It was a summer of eating lunch (leftovers brought from home in a faded Ladurée bag; most of my paycheck goes towards rent, after all) in the heat of Bryant Park, enjoying people-watching and the chance to escape the chill of the office A/C.

And it was the thrill of seeing something as small as a quote you helped an editor find make it into the September issue—and feeling as though you had just landed a cover story.

Now that I am back in Chicago for a quick visit home before school starts up again, I miss New York more than I ever have. I miss my daily cinnamon-raisin bagel and café au lait from the coffee shop on Broome St. I miss picking out my work outfits each morning and having to factor in whatever chiffon dress was most resistant to the perpetual sweat of the Essex St. F/M platform.  I miss the rhythm of checking e-mail in the morning, of running errands around the city, of printing out updated layouts for the office walls, of watching an editor's simple idea grow to a final glossy page.
And of course, I will greatly miss weekly lunches with all the other ASME interns at the magazines that have always inspired me.
Magazines were, after all, one of my main inspirations for moving to the city, when I first subscribed to New York during my junior year of high school and subsequently determined that I needed to be in New York for college. Now, it is magazines that have finally made me feel a true part of this city.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have been a part of this program, but also so incredibly lucky that I am able to stay in the city that I love, and continue interning in magazines, for at least another year.

Thank you, ASME, for making me finally feel like a New Yorker.

Anna Williams
New York University

Friday, August 10, 2012

Three things I would do for a story

The other day I was walking with someone through Fort Greene Park, and after that we stumbled down through a couple streets where the apartments were cordoned off, and we looked at a blue sign on the side of a building, and on that blue sign we saw that the apartments were cordoned off because filming was being done for the series Girls.

And that’s when he said, “I don’t like that show. I feel they’re mocking my life but not really getting it right.”


At that point I hadn’t yet spent three consecutive hours watching Girls, multi-tasking while splayed across my roommate’s bed (1st episode: froyo; 2nd episode: nails; 3rd episode: wine).

If I had, that’s when I would have said, “I like that show. Maybe you’re just not living it right.” Then, noted: Parallel structure does not guarantee biting repartee.

Color me guilty or color me typical, but Lena Dunham’s tongue-in-cheek portrayal of voice of generation totally resonates. I would do so many things for a story.

These things include but are not limited to:
  1. Perform impromptu spoken word in Fort Greene Park
  2. Transcribe over 14 hours of oft-muffled interview
  3. Walk into a McDonald's barefoot
I have stories about the stories I worked on this summer, and stories about the stories I collected in my little wicker basket of real life adventures. I’m just not sure which I consider the real story yet.

In any case, I am probably too young to be a writer writing about writing, even if the underlying topics are a) desperation and b) paralysis. Not again until long from now will I have ASME’s implicit endorsement to do so, and I’ll mention that at dinner with my parents next week.

—Michelle B. Timmerman, Glamour, Harvard University

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The metaphorical cupcake

One of the perks of working at InStyle is the occasional box of chocolates or cupcakes that will float through our department. As an intern, I am always overly excited by the delicious treats we receive from various companies, but my more seasoned supervisors are less affected by the appearance of sugary snacks. Lucky for me, they gladly share with the interns, and I shamelessly gobble them up.

I can only assume that my pre-existing confection obsession, coupled with the knowledge that free sweets would only be at my disposal for three short months, resulted in a you-only-live-once kind of attitude. Recently, however, I’ve begun to wonder if there will ever come a day when I, too, will turn down a cupcake. Is my childlike glee over sweets merely a sign of my inexperience? Just how many cupcakes per week is it acceptable for a serious magazine editor to eat? (If anyone has a number, please let me know, but I’ll add two for good measure.)

“There will be another cupcake tomorrow,” one editor remarked, musingly. ‘Wiser words were never spoken,’ I thought, but maybe this advice can be applied to more than just baked goods.

As interns, we show up hungry – overly eager, even – and sometimes end up biting off more than we can chew. When I first started, I wanted to do more and get more opportunities, when really I should have just been satisfied with a nibble. This summer, I’ve learned that the magazine industry is full of wonderful people and exciting opportunities. Although it’s easy to rush into breaking into an enticing world like this, I know that it’s a marathon – not a race. I’ll get there, in time, and if not, there will be another cupcake tomorrow.*

*Those are my thoughts on the metaphorical cupcake. The edible cupcake, I’ll still devour, every time.

Taysha Murtaugh
ASME Intern at InStyle
Iowa State University

With a little help from my friends

At the beginning of the summer, my roommates and I had one really bad habit. We'd come home from work and dissect every minute of our days, down to the final detail. In the first couple of weeks as we adjusted to our magazines, we spent hours mulling over every tiny task that we could possibly have done wrong.
As it turns out, that's not the healthiest behavior.
Right around the time we decided to quit cold turkey to preserve our sanity, the updates started to change. Speculation about what we'd done wrong steadily turned to a list of what we thought we'd done right. And so, the daily debriefings continued. After all, how could good updates be stressful, right?
If someone came home with one new byline, someone else came home with two. Everyone was fitting in an impossible number of informational interviews. So yes, those updates were still stressful. But they always made me consider how much more I could be doing to make the most of this opportunity. When I finally took the time to reflect on this summer, I realized that I never would have accomplished everything I did if I wasn't surrounded by 30 constant reminders that there plenty of amazingly talented young people in this industry who are willing to work just as hard as I am. Together we tossed around story ideas, wrote thank you notes and spent hours upon hours (upon hours) talking about magazines.
At the July ASME NEXT event, I talked to one attendee who said she loved the talks because she always left feeling inspired to do the best she possibly could at her job. Luckily for me, I don't have to wait for a scheduled event for my next dose of inspiration. I can just call my friends.
Laynie Rose, University of Georgia, Money

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Intern Profile on Tommie Ethington

Don’t let Tommie Ethington’s small town origins fool you. Although she’s got the bubbly sweetheart persona, Ethington is taking on in New York with force and proving that her knowledge far exceeds what she calls the “cowboy culture” of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
By watching her parents handle owning a small business, Ethington learned the importance of hard work early on. Not only has she interned with her hometown newspaper, The Jackson Hole News & Guide as a features reporter, but she’s also about to start her senior year at Trinity University as the editor-in-chief of her campus newspaper, The Trinitonian. But after interning at Field & Stream this summer, she’s not too worried about the challenge.
“I’ve learned a lot about how to best manage a staff and how to think big picture in regards to the relationship between editorial and advertising,” says Ethington. “I’ve also been reminded of what it feels like to be at the lower level and have your article returned to you with a lot of edits.”
At Field & Stream, Ethington has been using that work ethic and interviewing dedicated readers of the publication. Bonus? She gets a high off of the excitement that fans of the magazine exhibit when she lets them know they’ll be featured in an upcoming issue.
Field & Stream really cares about their readers, the environment and the next generation of conservationists” says Ethington of the staff she’s been working closely with, “and I think that’s something everyone can get behind.”
So what’s in the future for this ambitious go-getter? Well, she’s not really sure, but she knows she wants to combine her love of travel and magazines and she wouldn’t mind exploring new journalistic avenues like photography or broadcast journalism. The ASME internship, Ethington says, gave her the confidence to try out even more new experiences.
-Cary Carr, ASME Intern, Temple University

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Stranger's Stories in Manhattan

White hair.  Gentle eyes.  Blue veins snake beneath porcelain skin. 

What was it like, the world, in 1934?

Dreadlocks.  Beaded bracelet.  Orange pants swoon skinny legs.

Who is your inspiration?

Slick hair.  Eastern European.  Fingers punch Blackberry keyboard. 

What is your native tongue?

Eight million Manhattanites.  Eight million people to watch.  Eight million people I want to know.

I ask strangers questions.  They speak to me.  Their life is myriad stories.  I am from Switzerland, Chicago, Ghana, Thailand, Brooklyn.  I work for the government.  I toss pizza in the East Village.  I'm a journalist.  I'm unemployed.  New York City is a thief: she steals my money.  Good restaurants?  I know none.  I always eat at home.  My friends are gone for the weekend.  My family lives in South Africa.  I feel so alone.  

Not all their words are verbal.  Sometimes, I read their messages on torn, cardboard signs.  Homeless.  Anything helps!  Lost my job.  Iraq Vet.  Fat people need food too.  Seeking caring girlfriend. 

Our conversations are physical too.  A smile.  A sigh.  Shifting seats on the subway.  Our eyes meet.  Brown.  Jade.  Aqua.  We don't know what to say, but silence is a conversation.  I stare at him, at her, at them.  I am curious.  Today, tomorrow, I will always want to know.  Share your story with me.  And I, I , will tell you mine. 

Jenneke Oostman, Travel + Leisure Editorial Intern

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Luckiest

Society forces us to choose our fates so early in life. 

I started visiting colleges only two years into high school at age 16. I was just starting to drive on my own and now I have to make a decision on where I will spend the equivalent of a fourth of my current life.  Two years later I was packing up my car and moving out of the house.  I was 18 years old—not even allowed to enjoy a glass of wine and I had to choose a program that would be my career for the rest of my life. The rest of my life. That is the equivalent of (hopefully) 472 percent of my current life.  Now I’m 21 years old and I am getting my first tastes of what that 472 percent will be like. 

But I am the luckiest. I am the luckiest because I love this taste and I want more of it. I want to eat the whole plate and go back for seconds. But what if at age 18—still a kid (as if I’m not still a kid as I write this, ha) I made the wrong decision? What if instead I had chosen accounting? I would have done three years of my program and gotten an internship just before I began my last year. I could have hated that internship and then what? I would only have a year left, I would be pretty much locked into this career I hated because I made a wild guess at what I wanted to do with, say, 55 years of my life when I had only experienced 18 years at all. 

I’ve always dreamed of working at Food Network Magazine, of living in New York City, and I’m doing it right now. If you know what you want to do, where you want to be and you are doing it, you are so fortunate. To leave that all behind without any concrete security that I will be back seems ridiculous. I don’t want to go back to school, I want to do all the things I haven’t done yet, see the things I haven’t had time to see, have experiences I didn’t get a chance to have.  But thanks to my friend Abby, I’ve realized how exciting that is. Not getting all of those things done is our reassurance—or at least my reassurance—that I will be back.

 But until then, I have one amazing senior year to attend to. Be right back, New York.  

Devon O'Brien
Iowa State University 

Intern Profile on Kat McAlpine

When given the choice between a career in finance or journalism, the decision came down to passion for Kat McAlpine.

“I realized a punch-in, punch-out cubicle job wasn’t going to fulfill my need to feel what I was doing was meaningful in a larger sense,” Kat, who spent a year workings in sales at 19, said. “I needed to be able to invest myself emotionally in my work, to be passionate about my career.”

An itch to do “something that mattered” led her to earn a degree in both journalism and anthropology at the University in Connecticut in May. It also led her to Washington, D.C. this summer to intern with Smithsonian Magazine.

As someone who’s always been curious about everything, particularly global health, cultural issues and scientific research, the internship was a perfect fit.

“It’s just surreal that my job is to go and soak in all these interesting exhibits and blog about them. It’s so much fun,” she says.

These days, when she’s not writing about ocean acidity or scouring her twitter feed for headlines, she’s probably out in the city meeting people.

“The best part about going out (in D.C.) is wondering what sorts of interesting people you will meet that night,” she says. “It’s incredibly refreshing to be in such a forward-thinking atmosphere.”

It’s an atmosphere she hopes to stay in as the recent graduate is currently in search for a job. Forced to face this economy and job market, Kat responds with the kind of bright optimism that tells you know she’s had her stint in the business world.

“I actually think the economy is on the upswing,” she says. “Employers have adjusted to the climate and are re-focusing their efforts to talented, passionate people.”

And so far, she says she’s had some positive interviews.

By Christina Downs, ASME Intern, AARP The Magazine

BONUS: It’s not all business for Kat. Married with a love of research and information is a passion for—you guessed it—her crock pot.  In closing, here’s a recipe for one of Kat’s favorite crock pot concoctions, chicken parmigiana. 

Crock Pot Chicken Parmigiana by Kat J. McAlpine
“Chicken Parmigiana is amazing in a crock pot. It’s super easy, too.”

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 2.5-3 hours

3-4 breaded or lightly sauteed chicken breasts
Fresh mozzarella (as much as you like)
Minced or roasted garlic
One jar of your favorite red sauce
Mushrooms of choice, chopped
1-1/2 American eggplant, peeled and chopped
Fresh basil

Place the cooked chicken breasts in the crock pot. Create a layer of mozzarella and garlic. Then pour the red sauce with the mushrooms, eggplant and basil. For extra pizazz, sprinkle feta or goat cheese on top. Set the crock pot on high and cook for about 2 and a half to three hours, depending on the size of the chicken breasts. 

Intern Profile on Chase Howell

ESPN The Magazine is on a college campus. Or at least that’s what it feels like to Chase Howell.

For starters, more than a dozen buildings comprise the ESPN “campus,” housing both the television station and magazine. Each Monday, magazine editors meet after work to play a game of pick-up basketball. Recently, the magazine had a dodgeball tournament in celebration of its one-year anniversary in Bristol, Conn.

And Howell, a self-proclaimed sports aficionado from West Harrison, Ind., is loving every minute.

“I never thought about journalism until my senior year of high school,” says Howell, a rising senior at Franklin College in Indiana. “But I liked writing, and I liked sports, so I decided sports journalism was definitely going to be my path.”

He has taken that passion and run with it, never once looking back. In fact, upon entering college, Howell, a news editorial journalism major, told his adviser that before graduating, he would write for ESPN The Magazine or Sports Illustrated.

Sure enough, Howell has achieved that dream and more. During his internship at ESPN The Magazine, he has researched a wide variety of topics, ranging from college football to mixed martial arts. He recently wrote his first piece for on baseball rookie Bryce Harper, which attracted the attention of other sports journalists.

Upon returning to Franklin College, Howell will assume a position as a sports intern at the Cincinnati Enquirer. Although he’s unsure of whether he wants to do magazine or newspaper writing, one thing is for sure: Journalism is his passion.

“I’m still kind of finding my way,” he says. “I like the visual graphic side of magazines. You can do a lot more art and photography-wise and express yourself in different ways than you would in a print newspaper. There may be more need for content as a sports writer in the newspaper business, but I’m definitely testing the waters in both businesses.”

—Taylor Lewis, ESSENCE Magazine, University of Kansas

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Daydreaming Sylvia Plath

Living somewhere for only about two months is tricky. You have to decorate your walls right away, or it's too late and you're leaving already.  Here I am, at the beginning of the last week and should start packing already, but for some reason, I'm obsessed with our room walls. Correction, blank room walls. 

My walls have been blank because I never got the chance to buy some tape. Or maybe, I purposefully didn't because I knew I was here only temporarily. Maybe my mind wanted to keep them blank, so that each time I look at them I'd remember that there's something else I should do and that I'm not here forever. So that anything else I should do, I should do it now. Maybe I was also subconsciously stopping the time, making myself believe that I've just arrived here, and that there's still time. But mostly, think about how sad it is to take something off. Better leave it the way it is.

So I spent my summer with empty walls. I'd look over at my desk to feel more settled, where I put up all the post cards I collected from Chelsea art galleries and various museum exhibitions. It's also where all my magazines are. Now it's time to slowly pack them and leave this dorm.

When I read Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar for the first time in 10th grade, one thing nailed to my mind was that she was chosen for a magazine journalism program, where she spends the summer in New York City, living with fellow program interns and working at Mademoiselle magazine. I wanted what she had, so much. I didn't even know that I wanted to be a journalist or work at magazines then. I didn't know I loved this city. It was a subconscious dream I had, and here I am. Here we all are, and we will be back.

Burcu Noyan
ASME Online Editorial Intern at Lucky
Vassal College '13

Saturday, August 4, 2012

I Don't Want to Leave

This phrase is basically the only phrase I have uttered in the past week. I refuse to talk about my flight home to Iowa on Saturday (good job, Chloe. Acceptance is the first step), I shush people when they talk about leaving, and I'm secretly planning a way to hide out in the Parents office forever without being noticed. In a lot of ways, this ASME internship was the worst thing that could have happened to me. It made me realize how much I hate college, how anxious I am to move to New York, how much the world sucks without magazines infiltrating my every living second, and how my life will never again be the same after this summer.

I came into this program thinking I knew a thing or two about the magazine industry, solely because I had the ability to spin some words into better words. Apparently, there’s a bit more to editing than that. I learned everything from proper networking and writing to approaching editors and pitching ideas. I also have a newfound love for babies, which is something I never thought I would say. And unfortunately, this blog post won’t have a happy little ending that says I suddenly found worth in Iowa City and my classes and working full-time as a server at a restaurant, because that life isn’t my happy ending. It’s the large and uncomfortable stepping stone to my picture-perfect life, the one that shows me in New York, eating dry cereal in a cardboard box under the bridge, making no money and begging for an editorial job.

Isn’t that everyone’s dream, though? Well, maybe not.

-Chloe Metzger, Parents