Veronica Magan G'12

August 1, 2013

“Everything I learned during my year at Newhouse I am applying in my current job.”

Veronica Magan G'12

Veronica Magan graduated from the magazine, newspaper and online journalism (MNO) master's program in 2012. 

What are you doing now? I am the managing editor of Via Satellite, a business-to-business magazine published by Access Intelligence.

How did you land your current job? Last July, I found the community editor position through I applied, got selected and started working by the end of that month. In December, the managing editor position became available and my supervisor offered me the post. I hadn’t even thought about applying because I was so new to the company. However, both my supervisor and the publisher of the magazine liked my work so far and had faith in me.

What are your responsibilities at your current job? I put all the pieces together to form each new issue of the magazine every month. I follow up with the writers to make sure they meet the deadlines, and take turns with the editor and assistant editor to edit the stories. I work with InCopy to start placing all the stories in the respective layouts and then work closely with the designer to make sure every detail of the layout and art looks good both for the print and digital editions. After it’s all placed, and looking ready to go, I sign off on the issue so it can go to the printer. I also make sure our freelance writers get paid in time according to our budget.

Additionally, I work on our e-letters, editing the stories and placing them on our CMS in the correct layout. We have a daily e-letter and monthly e-letters. I am also responsible for updating our website with new original content every day. I write some of it, edit the rest and publish it. I also update our social media profiles.

Finally, once a year, I manage a daily publication during a four-day-long event organized by Access Intelligence. It is the largest event in the satellite industry and we produce print and digital editions.

How do you feel Newhouse prepared you for your current job? Everything I learned during my year at Newhouse I am applying as managing editor, from working with the CMS and HTML, to editing stories, to working on the design of the magazine. It has been so rewarding to get positive feedback from my supervisor after I apply or suggest innovative ideas I learned at Newhouse.

What does your program offer students? It prepared us to improve journalism. With so many changes happening in the way we produce and consume news, journalism needs more people prepared to handle these changes and use them in the right way to push our profession in the right direction. This is something my program absolutely offered its students. It prepared us in all possible aspects to tackle all challenges in the publishing industry.

Explain what the summer boot camp experience was like. It was a wonderful introduction to the program. It leveled those students like me who had no journalism background with those who did. It put us all in—sort of—the same playing field. It was exhausting but extremely helpful.

In your experience, in what ways do the professors at Newhouse mentor students? Professors treated us like fellow journalists and colleagues. This is why their mentoring was so natural. Every question was important. I genuinely felt their interest in helping me become better and accomplish more.

Describe your most valuable and significant experiences during your time at Newhouse. This program opened doors for me. I learned so much, made such wonderful friends and found that my teachers cared about me like family while I was away from home. I really can’t single out specific situations during that year because all together it was one of the best experiences of my life.

Is there a professor that you would recommend to incoming students, and why? I would definitely recommend Emilie Davis. She was one of the most important mentors I had in Newhouse and I still consider her as such. Also, Claudia Strong opened my eyes to even more possibilities within my field and her news design class taught me many of the skills I believe have helped me succeed at my job.

What advice would you give to an incoming student? It’s just one year so work really hard and absorb as much as you can. This is the time to get out of your comfort zone and discover what you are really good at. I would also recommend the internship (NEW 535).

If you could redo your time at Newhouse, what would you do differently? I would have taken some different classes. Now that I’m working in this position, I wish I had taken newspaper editing to complement magazine editing.

What was your favorite thing to do outside of class? Go to Wegmans. I love supermarkets.

Looking back at your free time at Newhouse, please list your favorite:

Restaurant: Empire Brewery

Summer Event/Activity: Going to lakes in the area

Winter Event/Activity: Taking photos

Park/Attraction:Green Lakes

Best Day Trip:Taughannock Falls/Ithaca

Study Spot: The Mower Passage in Newhouse