My placement at Today’s Parent was a great learning experience. I had the opportunity to sit in at daily meetings and story/pitch meetings. It was interesting to be at the other side of the “email pitch” and hear editors discuss which pitches were successful and which ones weren’t. More importantly, hearing the reasons why they were or weren’t successful. I set a goal for myself to write at least 6 stories at Today’s Parent and I’m very glad I had the chance to do so. I wrote a few of trending pieces, product roundups and one or two news/health stories. Most of the work you will be doing at TP is “building” stories on WordPress, so inputting text, links, images, videos etc. It also means knowing their content really well. You’ll definitely become proficient in WordPress after this placement. There are also opportunities to network with other magazines, like Chatelaine and Flare, and pitch to them.
The team is laidback and friendly. You have your own workspace and are assigned daily tasks and deadlines that you are expected to manage. The only negative thing I’d have to say about my time at TP, is that at one point I was asked to do a very tedious job that involved packaging boxes and filling out paperwork. It was clearly a job no one wanted to do, so it got dumped on the intern. Although, this seemed like a onetime thing it wasn’t how I expected to spend my day. Either than that little road bump, I think this is a great opportunity to add some pieces to your portfolio/collect bylines and find out how a modern magazine operates.