To those outside the business, the inner workings of a fashion magazine might seem inscrutable. But thanks to LIM College’s Fashion Media Speaker Series, a group of approximately 70 LIM students recently got some valuable insights on building a career in this competitive field.
Jen Ortiz, Deputy Entertainment Editor for Cosmopolitan magazine, visited campus on Nov. 19 to talk about her career and give students advice on how to pitch stories to magazine editors.
Professor Andrew Cotto led the Q&A session with Ortiz. During the discussion, Ortiz recommended that aspiring writers prepare for entry-level jobs by developing a portfolio. She also advised students on how to craft a pitch letter that’s in tune with a publication’s culture.
In an effort to correct public misperceptions of the Cosmopolitan brand, Ortiz explained that the publication covers not only shopping and makeup trends but also policy related to women. “We’re a lot more than sex tips,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz impressed upon the students that passion is essential when working in the media world. She also talked about the long hours the field often requires.
The students in attendance had many questions, and Ortiz was impressed with their enthusiasm. She said, “I feel these students are light years ahead of where I was at their age, which is great.”