“Do not set boundaries and do not limit yourself to one topic. In the journalism industry, you have to be open to new things…” –
Meet Mallory Szczepanski, GirlCrew NY
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mallory earned her Bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Columbia College Chicago where she was a writer for the student-produced magazine Echo. With a wide range of roles under her belt, Mallory has written and edited pieces on everything from concrete and concrete products, to the foodservice industry. She has also worked for MyPoints.com as a media editor and social media guru. Currently, Mallory is an associate editor of Contract magazine, an interior design magazine based in New York. An avid dancer since the age of three, she actively takes classes and participates in performances at Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center in New York – in fact, she was initially studying dance at college before she switched to magazine journalism.
1. What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is getting to know the architecture and design industry. The world of interior design and architecture is interesting and those who work in the industry are happy to share information about their projects and industry experiences. Contract magazine is the only magazine in the industry that covers strictly commercial design and being a part of that is truly special. I also enjoy working our annual events and traveling to trade shows across the nation.
2. What did you find most challenging about your role?
The most challenging thing about my role is not having a background in architecture or design. Both the editor in chief and managing editor at Contract have backgrounds in the field, while I have a background in covering a variety of industries, such as construction, events, family matters, the foodservice industry and performing arts.
3. What is your proudest business achievement to date?
I have been a part of four website and magazine re-launches, which has been quite the experience. It takes a lot of time and patience to create new websites and to revamp magazines, but I am happy to have that experience under my belt.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get into this field?
Do not set boundaries and do not limit yourself to one topic. In the journalism industry, you have to be open to new things and you have to be prepared to work around the clock. I never thought I would write about some of the topics I have covered, such as construction, but becoming a well-versed journalist has helped me land where I want to be in the industry at the moment. Do not accept or apply for just any job and research the journalism field to discover what you truly want to do. For me it was magazines, but the journalism world is filled with many opportunities and various jobs that should be explored.
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
If someone tells you that you aren’t capable of doing something that you love, prove them wrong and make it happen.
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