Today we had the pleasure of visiting Real Simple Magazine at the Time-Life Building. The editor and chief of the magazine, Kristen Van Ogtrop, spoke to us about the magazine, answered questions about the magazine publishing industry and gave us a tour of Real Simple.
Though I was not originally interested in the magazine industry, this trip made me reconsider. The young employees who Kristen introduced us to were incredibly enthusiastic about their job and were so passionate about the magazine. Additionally, many of them had worked at other magazines or other media industries. For me it was a learning experience.
Other highlights of the trip included a little bit of networking and a slightly nerdy but incredibly intriguing discussion of the consequences of the digital age in the industry. Lauren Bicknell a fellow third year major was able to talk to an Assistant Art Director named Jenika. Lauren is really interested in the design aspect of media so this was a great opportunity for her. I think everyone had a great time though and I have a feeling many of us are now considering an internship or job in this field.
Below is a link to the Real Simple Magazine website. Definitely check it out or grab a copy if you see it on your nearest newsstand. There are some great recipes, especially if you’re a vegetarian like me.