The Accidental Careerist
You were briefly excited that time in high school when you caught the last two thirds of All the President’s Men on TV, so journalism sounded like a pretty good gig… And then you ended up at a magazine, and at first you were itching to make a lot of phone calls and protect sources (which, you know, you have to get first), but then you realized you liked the long schedule of the glossy, and even if you’re not writing the kinds of stories you once dreamed of, who can refuse the schwag. So how do you hang on to one of the last full-time jobs in a dying industry? Improve yourself.
SOCIAL MEDIA MASHUP · THE NEW SCHOOL
People don’t read the news anymore—they remix it. Learn how to create information “mashups” using social media platforms and hopefully autotune the shit out of something.
WEB WORKSHOP FOR PRINT EDITORS · NYU
In this two-day intensive course, instructors guide print editors through the tag-infested waters of the internets. After that, you’re sure to become rich harnessing the easily monetizable power of the World Wide Web.
DELACOURT CENTER LECTURES ·COLUMBIA
Each spring, Columbia invites leaders in the field of magazine publishing to speak at this public lecture series. Get acquainted with current issues in the field and schmooze your way through the crowd of media professionals.
MAGAZINE EDITING WORKSHOP · NYU
Put your hands on some projects and learn how to be a better editor. [Ed. This whole section is so fucking passive-aggressive.]
MULTIMEDIA · CUNY BARUCH
Face it: print is dead, and if you don’t master the skills of 21st-century journalism, your career will be, too. Luckily, Baruch offers a number of courses to keep you looking valuable to management: “Demystifying Final Cut Pro” will teach you the video editing skills you need, while “Video Journalism Boot Camp” will have you turning in professional-level video after a two-day intensive.
The Unrepentant Dreamer
When did All the President’s Men become The Devil Wears Prada? And how do you get off this crazy train? Branch out, get flexible, and above else, write the stories you want to write however you can.
WRITING ACROSS MEDIA
· THE NEW SCHOOL
Maybe if you had a bit more time to think about substantial stories, and pitch them around, you wouldn’t feel like such an ass. Freelance! Make your own hours and make your rent by learning how to adapt your writing to a variety of media industries such as PR companies, advertisers and non-profits.
STORIES · CUNY BARUCH
The reporting is easy; the hardest part of journalism is finding what to report on and getting it placed. Two courses at Baruch will help you on your way to freelance freedom. “How to Find Stories” teaches you the secrets to finding scoops (tip #1: Pick up the phone!) while “The Perfect Pitch” shows you how to make your story irresistible to crusty, cigar-munching editors.
FEATURE WRITING · THE NEW SCHOOL
You’ve been writing copy about pet accessories for way too long. Write an in-depth piece that takes up more than a quarter page in your portfolio scrapbook; even if you can’t find a home for it, editors will always love the right story on spec. Just write it.
BLOGGING · CUNY BARUCH
Looking to branch out on your own? Maybe you could start a blog? Haven’t a few people gotten successful by doing that? Baruch’s “Blogging Best Practices” class won’t just teach you how to blog—it’ll show you how to blog well. Or you could just ask us, since our blog, at thelmagazine.com, is so successful. Lesson One: Curse. Like, a lot, from your headlines on down.
DIGITAL BROADCAST JOURNALISM · NYU
Print may be dead, but you know what will never die? A digital video file of you going all guerilla journalist, speaking truth to power, telling the stories that need to be heard. Just like how Katie Couric does. Current TV is always losing its reporters, so something’s probably open over there.
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