The Meredith Apprentice Program is a partnership between Meredith Corporation and Iowa State University. Each year, five journalism students are selected to be year-long interns at a Meredith publication, working around 20 hours per week. I was paired with Midwest Living, one of Meredith’s largest publication’s with offices in Des Moines.
While I was there, I had the chance to work on several different platforms, including Midwest Living magazine, midwestliving.com, Best of the Midwest – a large summer travel guide, Michigan Travel Ideas – a publication created for a client, and some client websites and blogs.
Much of my work at Midwest Living went on behind the scenes, such as updating a large internal database of travel destinations or assisting editors with day-to-day tasks.
Tangible work tended to fall into these categories:
- Fact checking: calling every business mentioned in a story, as well as travel professionals, to make sure all the information was correct. A typical fact-checking assignment might include 80-100 sources. Examples: Best of the Midwest.
- Creating online slideshows: Mainly when I had free time from other assignments, I could pitch an idea for the website, comb through Meredith’s photo library, and write catchy captions for original online content. Examples: Dried corn decorating, 27 ideas for kitchen organization.
- After a couple months of proving myself (and some gentle prodding from my advisor) I was allowed to write some short-form content for print. Examples: 10 Great Sweets, Nebraska Discoveries, Bug Out.
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