By Amber Lowther
My love for magazines started when I was really young. My Mum bought me Total Girl and I would squeal when I would see it on my bed after school. Fast-forward 8 years and I still pick out magazines in the best condition in the newsagent (this time they’re more suited to my age), flicking to my favourite features, revelling in the idea that one day I could be writing these myself and having a giggle at the wordplay.
I decided when I was 15 that I was going to be a journo, but needed to figure out how to get my break in the magazine industry. I wanted to learn and give it a go as an intern. Thankfully, I got an internship here at Style Magazines! Read on to get the inside scoop of what it’s like to be an intern in a fast-paced magazine…
When I first started, I was super nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I thought I was going to be making coffees..'what if I put in too much milk?’ ‘what if I don’t get to string a single sentence together over my time?’. Not once did I make a coffee and I have (thankfully) strung a number of sentences together.
On my first day I was greeted, given a seat at a computer and was handed an ‘Intern Guide’, the magazines style guide, a step-by-step document on how to optimise images for the website and an A-Z Guide and tutorial on advertorials. When I got started on the day I had to put letters in envelopes and address them. I then embarrassingly messaged my Digital Editor and said “Is it stick or lick?”…oops! I didn’t know, OK! It was a weird-looking envelope. After that stint (sorry Lucy), I was introduced to the website, filing systems and Photoshop (surprised they let me back after that to be honest).
Weeks went by, then months and everyone was really friendly. It was nice to walk in to the office and be greeted by pretty much everyone, being invited to go to lunch with others, feeling confident to go up and ask a question (or 100) and being given really good feedback.
Pretty much 99 percent of my time is spent behind a desk. I would help Style journos with their stories, write restaurant listings and write my own stories, which I would get published. Being given the opportunity to write an article based on your own idea and seeing your by-line is the best feeling. I get excited every time I see my name next to my work. Style has given me the chance to grow with my writing, which is something I’m very thankful for.
During my time at Style, I was given responsibility to write the weekly EDM, numerous of my own articles, getting to experience the custom publishing side off-site, having the opportunity to attend editorial meetings where I would be able to share my own ideas like I was one of the team, learnt the importance of SEO for digital, helped with social media and even got jelly tipped over my head. I was also subject to free pizza, cake, brownies and most recently, a delicious burger…those were great days.
Interning is such a great way to learn and to really get that hands-on experience. Here at Style, it’s definitely nothing like The Devil Wears Prada and you can dress casually and comfortably. Hallelujah!
It’s ridiculous how far I’ve come from when I first started – in the good way! Over my time here at Style Magazines I’ve learnt how a magazine works, I’m able to work to tight deadlines, I have better communication skills and best of all, I have so much experience and have made friends.
Style was the best experience and I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as a journalist. I have so much knowledge and a deeper understanding of the industry. I definitely recommend interning at a magazine and getting your foot in the door!
Until next time…