Hearst Editors Talk @ The Millennium Hotel, Mayfair – 4th November 2013
The hotel was really grand and was filled with fashionable aspiring journalists, potentially all after the same job as I am. I’d never been to an event like this before so I did feel a little out of place, especially when the waiters started pouring champagne and bringing round tiny little treats on trays! (which are called canapés apparently…)
Luckily where I was standing was right next to the conference room, so I was one of the first people in, and managed to get myself front row seats.
I was still feeling slightly nervous at this point but the panel host for the evening, Viv Groskop, really eased the audience in by making jokes and introduced the panel using funny anecdotes about their past.
The whole talk was relaxed and I quickly lost the image of a scary, out of touch editor from The Devil Wears Prada, and developed my own real representation. I learnt that the panel of editors are all real people, who have worked hard to get where they are now. I found all of them really approachable and friendly, which honestly took me by surprise.
Stay focused but be open minded”
Of course, the obvious question which they must get asked at every talk is how did you get to where you are now?
From this I got some really interesting quotes, as Mandie Gower from Zest magazine, which unfortunately soon after the talk announced its immediate closure, referred to the book Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell. This book constantly states you need 10,000 hours of practice before you will succeed, which relates back to The Beatles who had 10,000 hours of practice time in Europe, before arriving back in England to start their career.
Mandie also said consistently that you must ‘stay focused but open minded’ meaning that you should be open to do any type of work within the media field as you will learn new experiences and skills that will help you in the future. Victoria White, Editor of Company, agreed and said that you should not be looking for your dream job now.
This really stuck in my head as I now realise that I have been so specific when I’ve applied for jobs or internships, that I’ve actually been missing out on another job, that could have taught me even more skills.
you should not be looking for your dream job now”
You may not like the job you are in at the beginning, but as long as you are learning and gaining skills then it will pay off is what Red Editor, Sarah Bailey added, as she told about her first job (after graduating from Cambridge with an English degree and a masters in Journalism from City!) was working at a tabloid real life magazine, where she had to write stories about murders and pets. Now look at how far she’s come…
I also I can’t forget to mention the amazing goody bag! I’ve never received a goody bag before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I can tell you now I was not disappointed. It didn’t have any goody-bag-fillers that you’ll just throw away, but proper quality products.
These were all the treats in the goody bag, so as you can see you have Mon Epris, which is a 100% natural luxury skin care brand, we had 3 samples from them, full sized Benefit Watts Up Highligher, a bottle of Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Wave, Daily Essentials Face Cream, a book, I got The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke – I think everyone got a different one from her range – a pack of Smints, a small bottle of premium Bloom London Dry Gin, Proper Corn (pop corn), and an odd game called BananaGrams.
Overall this talk was extremely motivational and insightful and I’m really reeeally impressed with how the evening went. I advise any aspiring journalists to go to a similar event if they can, as you are able to meet the editors and gain invaluable knowledge about what you need to do to succeed.
Do you know of any similar events coming up? Let me know!