What were your responsibilities?
I was the editorial intern at Man Repeller so my tasks were pretty wide-ranging, which provided a necessary variety each day. I did anything from pitching and publishing my own stories, to transcribing interviews, to optimizing SEO and taking care of other more technical “back-end” duties. I also supervised reader engagement to make sure the comments section of MR remains constructive and generally supportive in terms of reader-to-reader relations.
How were you influenced by your time there?
I learned a lot at Man Repeller, in both the realms of applied skills, in a less tangible sense. In terms of applied skills, I was able to learn about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), how to think about and apply business- terms for the blog’s monetary trajectory, and simpler things such as the most efficient way to transcribe long interviews, which was useful when editing MR Roundtables and It’s Kind of a Funny Story. The latter is their interview series on couples in the fashion industry.
However, I’d say the most valuable learned skills were time-management and a flexible attitude. The fast-paced nature of the internet, when paired with the relentlessly forward-thinking nature of fashion, means that there is little time for reflection. It is critical to get a story out at exactly the right time, and even more important to be able to make the decision to cut it if necessary.
I was fortunate to sit in on MR editorial meetings and see how flexible the editors were about storylines. It is very easy to be idealistic about a piece, but I learned from Leandra and Amelia Diamond, MR’s Deputy Editor, how to keep audience and purpose in mind, in order to convey my ideas in the most useful way.
Was your writing influenced by your time at MR?
My writing was certainly influenced by my time at MR. Generally, I would say the MR voice is different from my “regular” writing voice, if that makes sense. This, I think, has a lot to do with the pace of the internet, as mentioned. Often Leandra or Amelia would request that I cut the first couple hundred words of my pieces and start with one of the sentences I wrote in a middle paragraph. There’s really no space to set the scene for many, many words. Plus, readers lose attention and the goal is to deliver an opinion or information as efficiently as possible.
I am not really sure whether or not I have “my” writing style down yet, so I had a lot of fun trying to write to the MR voice, and also trying to find my own voice within a larger one.
And then you were the editorial intern at Nylon?
Yeah. I helped the editorial team with various tasks, fact checking editorial content, and writing for the magazine as well as online platform.
What did you learn from it?
It was my first time in an editorial role at a magazine so I wasn’t sure of what to expect. I learned how important fact checking is, how important time efficiency is and how much work goes into a single paragraph of written content.
And also the editorial intern at Vogue Australia. Wow.
What is your role?
As an editorial intern I am in charge of transcribing interviews, researching for upcoming articles, and pitching and executing content.
What have you learned from it?
I’ve learned how to write news articles for a magazine as large as Vogue and how much research goes into the in-mag stories.
Why editorial at ITG?
I decided that I wanted to be more in the thick of things, and more immersed in the creative side rather than in a more administrative role. That's why I wanted to work at Into The Gloss. I knew that something big was definitely brewing there. They had just launched Phase 1 Glossier and they clearly had a system for how their editorial worked. The creative side was really strong, and it definitely has shaped where my ambitions are now.
It really did give me a boot camp training in editorial and how to professionally work with the content management system and how the process goes from interviewing a person to the final edit. And, for other kinds of stories, how to conceptualize ideas and make them happen, and then seeing how the creative team works in tandem with that.
And now you’re about to be the editorial assistant at Outdoor Voices.
The role is primarily supporting OV’s editorial director and working on the content for OV’s editorial platform, The Recreationalist, along with e-mails, social, and campaigns.