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Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts

Today was the day for donuts. Since our story idea for Jessie Knadler’s cool jam/preserve-making didn’t work out, I set out on a new adventure to cover and photograph the ever-so-popular “Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts” in Lynchburg. What’s better? It’s a … Continue reading

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City Lights

New York City really IS full of surprises. For me, some of the highlights of the trip were an all girls meal at Trattoria Del’Arte on 7th and Broadway, exploring other good eats with the group, and our trip to … Continue reading

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Aloft and Elated

New York City is full of surprises. For instance, there is a magical green land that floats above the grey sea of building fronts and streets that are flooded with taxis and busy, busy people. On one of our spare … Continue reading

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Hallway of Pop History

I thoroughly enjoyed each place we visited in New York. Because I’m pursuing a career as a magazine editor after graduation, the trip was beneficial for me. I got an inside glimpse of the work environment I will soon enter. … Continue reading

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Rockin’ at Rolling Stone

Aside from the final transportation debacle, our trip to New York City could not have gone smoother. The excursion reminded me of just how many diverse opportunities lie in the big city. NYC is so dissimilar from my childhood home, … Continue reading

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Shooting food (and a barn)

Earlier this semester our class met with Kevin Remington, the campus photographer, and he gave us a bit of advice on photographing food. The main thing he pointed out was to keep the aperture as open as possible. This means … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Graham Spice

This afternoon, I met with Graham Spice of the W&L Music Department to discuss his experience as a regular pianist at Haywood’s Piano Bar on Main Street (part of a new hotel called The Georges) in Lexington. As part of … Continue reading

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New Magazines: They Make a Difference

Throughout the process of creating Valley Dish, a magazine that highlights food in Virginia’s Blue Ridge region, we have learned a great deal. But perhaps most notably, we learned that the best time to enter the business is now. We … Continue reading

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Tips on seeking a magazine job

When the class went to visit Glamour at Condé Nast, Washington and Lee alumna Abbie McCoy gave us three pieces of advice when applying for jobs. 1. Your resume and cover letter should not have any spelling errors.  She noted … Continue reading

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No Magazine Pity in the Queen City

During our class’ recent trip to New York, we were repeatedly told that people love magazines. Although everyone we heard from were successful in the magazine industry, I was skeptical. At least for me personally, magazines have played a very … Continue reading

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The view from the 44th floor

NYC: Day 2. Elevators still a conundrum. Jeff Hamill ‘81, Executive Vice President of Hearst Integrated Media, guides us to a conference room on the 44th floor boasting a 180-degree view looking north on Manhattan’s West Side. To the right, … Continue reading

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Unbound and determined

Magazines were once defined by the way their pages were “saddle-stitched” with staples or glue – not loose like a newspaper or sewn like a book. They were bound. So Hearst, with Elle, Esquire, “O” and 18 other major magazine … Continue reading

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New York, New York

A good packed first day, from Rolling Stone to Glamour, from midtown to Downtown. Just pictures for now. . .

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From Cosmo to Here

Jessie Knadler visited our class to discuss her life in the magazine world. With a lot of animation, she described the quirky individuals she encountered in that Manhattan world. Knadler entered the business of women’s magazines when it was at … Continue reading

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Truckin’ south to Roanoke

Had a fine day in Roanoke yesterday. Began at the home office (more homey than official-looking) of Leisure Media 360 (woo-woo!), publishing company that began with the dream of an Asheville Citizen-Times reporter (J. Richard Wells) in 1972. It seems … Continue reading

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Class act: A life in magazines

Be flexible. Be nice. Do good work. Julie Campbell offered up the secrets of the amazing career she’s had in magazines. It’s a zigzaggy trans-Appalachian trip that took her from a B.A. in history to a New York secretarial school, … Continue reading

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