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Journey to the Big Apple The Magazine Interest Group’s annual trip to New York reaps rewards By Miranda Fogel


ew York is full of luster, excitement and revitalization, of dreamers, doers and movers. A city that keeps its proverbial torch held high and mighty, welcoming hoards of determined young people who may find their destiny within one of the thousands of buildings. With a few connections and a lot of work,

Gaylord’s Magazine Interest Group takes a trip each fall to the city that never sleeps. MIG members get the rare opportunity to speak with industry professionals on the glossy world of magazines. Led by MIG faculty adviser Dwight Normile and under the six young editors met with our group in a glamorous conference direction of President Madeline Alford, our group of 11 headed room. There, we listened to the staff members speak about off for an adventure to remember. But before we could embark their positions, college backgrounds and previous intern and on our journey to magazine knowledge and enlightenment, job experiences that led them to their place at Glamour. After many months of careful planning were in order. Thankfully, an hour and a half, we left inspired and encouraged by their Alford was practically made for the job and executed every aspect willingness to advise us on the best ways to get into the industry, of the trip with ease. and how to become the best intern possible. “Planning the trip was both a rewarding experience and a To finish day one, the group walked to the Time & Life large responsibility,” she said. “I wanted to make sure that the Building on West 50th Street, where representatives from TIME {students} who attended the trip really got something out of it.” and Sports Illustrated offered separate tours of each publication. Even when an unexpected Hurricane Sandy forced us to Howard Chua-Eoan, news director at TIME, proudly explained delay our trip by a full month, Alford rearranged the puzzle how the magazine had just scored an interview with Egyptian pieces perfectly. On a brisk November morning just before President Mohamed Morsi the day before. Thanks to modern “dead week,” 10 students and Normile took off on a quest for technology, Morsi was already on the cover of the issue he knowledge. We arrived in New York City as it ushered in the excitement of the holiday season. Everyone awoke bright and early for our first full day in the Big Apple and met in the lobby of our 34th Street hotel. With an exciting lineup of four magazines, we hopped on the subway and headed down to Chelsea. Our first stop was at Martha Stewart near Chelsea Piers. A publicist of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and an acquaintance of Alford’s gave us the grand tour of the offices, where anything from cupcake tasting in the test kitchen to faux-living room arrangement photo shoots take place on a regular basis. We walked through the editorial offices, where mock-ups of each magazine page were displayed on a wall. We toured huge closets of various props and furniture, a shiny stainless steel kitchen where multiple people were mixing and chopping, and finally peeked inside the office where Martha Stewart herself works. We left astonished at all the exciting daily projects that take place in-house at Martha Stewart, and wished we could have spent more time there. The group met with representatives from Sports Illustrated and TIME. Front: Paige Pinkerton, After a quick lunch at Chelsea Market, we headed to Lyda Hartness, Lauren Leaver, Kirsten Viohl; Back: Dwight Normile (MIG faculty adviser), Times Square for our next stop at Glamour in the Condé Rachel Terry, Emma Hamblen, Miranda Fogel, Madeline Alford, Haley Arias, Emily Ford, Brian Nast building. After we were given a tour of the offices, Cazeneuve (Sports Illustrated writer)


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Alumni magazine of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.