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Bye Boston Mag! (Completion Post: Asia Bradlee)

I can’t believe that my internship is over; this summer has gone by so fast. This summer, I learned so much at my internship. Not only did my writing improve, but I realized that I want to pursue journalism as a field. I’m excited to take a class at Tulane and further my knowledge as a journalist. I was also offered the opportunity to freelance while at school, which will be an exciting way to keep my foot in the door and continue writing.

One of my favorite parts of the internship was getting to know my boss. We have a hiking spread for a print issue in a couple months, so as part of that research we went on a couple hikes together. It was great to get to know her really well. She’s an amazing role model and so has been so helpful and encouraging along the way.

If I had to give advice to a future student interning at Boston Magazine, I would tell them to be ambitious and take initiative. Pitch as many stories as you can, be creative, and most importantly, LISTEN to the advice you get. When you listen to the writing advice, not only does your supervisor appreciate it, but your writing will improve drastically. Being new to the journalism field myself, I have little advice for someone interested in it, but being thrown into the field with little experience before is definitely a great learning experience.

I really loved this internship and I’m so sad to be leaving it. I was offered the chance to freelance while I’m at school and continue writing articles, which I’m extremely grateful for. I couldn’t have asked for a better summer experience!

Asia Bradlee: Midpoint at Boston Magazine

I can’t believe that my internship is already halfway over…this summer has gone by so quickly! So far at my internship I have learned more about my writing and future career than I have in any time that I’ve been at school.

I see the evolution of my writing through every published every article that I write. My progress is measured by the corrections my boss makes to my articles and how I’ve gotten to work on more intense and important projects as my internship has progressed. I’ve been very lucky to not only be doing digital journalism, but II’m currently working on research for a print article that will be published in September, which will give me print and research credit to add to my resume.

I’m extremely proud of the fact that I got to create, photograph, and publish my original avocado toast recipes, all with the support of my boss. It’s a refreshing change of pace to be treated like an adult in a work environment—I’m not constantly supervised and my supervisor trusts me enough to make decisions for my articles and research on my own. If you want to check it out, here it is!

I’m excited to see how my writing skills continue to evolve and to further my knowledge about journalism. This internship has made me realize that writing is really a passion a mine; and I’m lucky enough to combine it with my other favorite topic: health. I’m looking forward to making the most of these last few weeks of my internship.

First Week at Boston Magazine / Asia Bradlee

It’s only my first week at Boston Magazine and I have already learned so much. On my first day, I arrived around 9:45. Turns out that in the journalism world, that’s early! My supervisor arrived after me and showed me around the office. Boston Magazine is located in an old greenhouse and is a beautiful, open office space that allows for easy thinking and brainstorming. After the tour, Melissa (my supervisor) , set me up with my email, wordpress account, and already had me working on pitches for articles. I spent most of that day writing and researching for story ideas and getting acquainted with the writing style of Boston Magazine.

My other two days at the office were spent doing even more writing and researching. It’s definitely been a learning curve to figure out the writing style and the website used to draft and publish articles. I’ve also been learning some photoshop to help size photos for articles. Luckily, the people I work with are extremely helpful and are always willing to answer my questions which makes the transition into this work environment much easier. One of the days this week was spent photographing acai bowls from a local juicer in order to use them for our future acai roundup article. Part of the reason I was hired for this internship is due to my combo of photography and writing that I use in my personal blog. For the acai bowls, I was the one who got to do the photography. It’s exciting to already have so much responsibility and freedom at this internship.

I can’t wait for my second week and feel confident that I’m going to learn so much from this internship. The location in Boston is perfect for exploring the city, the people are amazing, and the writing is exactly what I’m passionate about. And finally, I already got my first article published! Check it out here.

Asia Bradlee: First Post

The company I will be interning for this summer is Boston Magazine as the digital health editorial intern. Boston Magazine is Boston’s premiere magazine that features a wide array of investigative pieces, narratives, interviews, and expository features. Boston Magazine has been around for more than 40 years and has been named among the three best city magazines more than seven times by the City and Regional Magazine Association. As a city, Boston is a hub of medicine, education, music, restaurants, and finance with a unique and dynamic culture. Boston Magazine’s writers, editors, and designers provide a variety of insights and information into this vibrant city.

My role as an intern will be to write about five clips per week that will be published on the website’s health section. Additionally, I will get one or two printed articles in the magazine. There are two categories in which I’ll be writing, the national health sector and the Boston health sector. This summer is the first time Boston Magazine is launching national stories on their page so I will get to write some articles about health news and information going on throughout the country. On the other hand, I’ll also be writing strictly Boston based articles about different health news in the Boston area.

I found my internship through Boston Magazine’s website and realized that it was the perfect position for what I love to do and combined my passion for writing and health. I then interviewed with the health editor (my boss) and afterwards offered the position.

I’m extremely excited to begin this internship because it is exactly what I love to do. I hope to further my knowledge of writing, especially health writing, and also get to know my own city on a deeper level. I hope to enhance my research skills and communication skills, as contacting people and doing interviews is part of the job requirement. Lastly, I hope to make some strong networking connections and take advantage of every opportunity given to me during my internship.