I went to Hearst Tower. Also, while there I smiled at a woman with dramatically wiry gray hair and a long leopard print coat and she totally scowled back at me, so The Devil Wears Prada is completely accurate. Basically, it was a great visit.
Our tour guide, an exec for Hearst Corporation, gave us some background information on Hearst as a company and then took us through Good Housekeeping testing rooms and the Hearst executive offices on the top floor.
The editor-in-chief of Food Network Magazine chatted with our group for 45 minutes, and I also had a chance to ask our tour guide a few questions. The most exciting thing I learned personally was that they both had a background in newspapers. Our tour guide actually interned for the Bend Bulletin, and said Bend was “an… interesting experience” despite not being “what I would call a nature person.” And the editor of FNM said they prefer hiring people with a background in newspapers because they are meticulous about being their own fact checkers and copy editors.
My main takeaway: if you want to work in editorial, PR or even many types of marketing and business, newspapers are a great place to start. Cheers to journalism!
– Kelsey Thomas, EIC