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I Worked For a Magazine for 3 years, Here’s The Important Things I Learned

Fresh out of college in 2015, I joined a local publishing group that was still printing magazines in an era where digital was the king of the game. Three years in, I went from a writer to an a editor.

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This month, we have officially sent our magazine to the printers one last time. It was time we traded in ink and paper for pixels and screens. It’s sad. I know. It was quite a journey. And while I could go dwell in detail on what goes on, let’s focus on the main things I have picked up on the job.

  1. Your magazine is powerful, even if it’s from an independent publisher.

  2. Meaningful work is what keeps you in the game.

  3. It takes a village to make a magazine. Always be thankful to everyone who puts together your magazine.

  4. You don’t have to like everyone you work with. Your relationship with them ends the moment you step out of the office.

  5. But you will meet officemates that will be your friends outside of work hours.

  6. Office politics is so 1950s, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist today.

  7. The moment you stop evolving is the moment you become obsolete

  8. Plagiarizers exist. Idea stealers exist.

  9. If you want a story done, you go make it happen.

  10. No one will spoon-feed you in this industry. GO GET SHIT DONE YOURSELF.

  11. Closing week is the worst.

  12. Once it’s printed, it’s done. If there’s a typo or error, this is not digital where you can edit a crappy caption. Feel bad, get some coffee, get over it. Do better next time.

  13. You’re human. You make mistakes. Forgive yourself.

  14. Take a vacation whenever you can. #Burnouts are real.

  15. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

  16. People will always have something to say about your work. Regardless if it’s good work or so-so work, people will talk. The only thing you can do is make sure you’re happy with that you’ve put out there.

  17. Some people do bad work and think it’s good work. Some people also have the gall to call your work bad when theirs is worse #TrueStory

  18. The industry (actually any industry at that) is small. Expect to see the same people all the time. Be nice.

  19. Rest.

  20. Your job never ends, even after you’ve clocked out. If it does, you’re doing something wrong (something wrong = A.K.A. the bare minimum).

  21. Never assume that your readers are dumb.

  22. You will hate your job every now and then, but not what you do. If you can’t tell the difference between your job and what you do: your job is your business function, what you do is your purpose.

  23. You will evolve with your magazine. If you don’t you’ll be obsolete. Refer to #7.

For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t trade my three years for another job. It has been a hell of a ride handling magazines. For now, it’s time we move online.

See you on 😉

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