“She’s interested and she’s interesting,” is how Elle’s editor-in-chief Robbie Myers describes the ideal candidate for a job with the magazine. Throughout her interview posted on Mediabistro’s Fishbowl NY Blog, Myers reiterates that Elle is fashion-based but looks beyond clothing, valuing people who are interested in educating themselves and expanding their horizons.
It was comforting to hear Myers say that an ideal candidate would also know how to be a reporter, not just a writer. Since the majority of my classes this semester are being used to fulfill the Journalism Certificate, I’m glad to know that what I’m learning will possibly be appreciated when I start applying for jobs.
After a week of following Mediabistro, I’m still unsure how I feel about it. My first visit to the site left me feeling overwhelmed by the amount of different blogs and links, but underwhelmed by their content. I think I’m not familiar enough with the website and it’s many blogs yet to be able to make a fair judgment about it. I was definitely disappointed that registration and payment are required to access some of the full articles that are linked to from other websites.
Aside from the job listings, I think that the “How to Pitch” section is one of the most useful that I’ve found on the site so far – aside from the fact that the Marie Claire outline is the online one that you can view in full without having to pay a fee.