Posted July 30, 2015

Journalism graduate lands dream job in NYC

Ryan S. Brandenberg
As an editorial assistant for 'Health' magazine, Lindsey Murray, SMC '15, has made New York her next stop.

For Lindsey Murray, SMC ’15, securing a job at a national magazine straight out of college was not just a dream; it became reality.

Murray has worked at Health magazine in New York City since May 2015, shortly after receiving her degree in journalism from Temple’s School of Media and Communication.

As an editorial assistant, she assists with both the print and web platforms, pitches story ideas, conducts research and fact-checking, and attends events. “I’m involved with so many aspects of the publication,” Murray said. “It’s exciting to be seen as such a vital team member, even though I am so young.”

The budding journalist developed a passion for storytelling early on while spending Sunday afternoons with her grandmother, a writer, who would encourage Murray to craft her own stories. “Eventually I ran out of ideas and started asking other people to tell me about their lives,” she said. “I didn’t realize until later that this could turn into a career.”

Eager to gain experience in the field, Murray obtained competitive internships with Philadelphia magazine and the American Society of Magazine Editors, through which she was placed at Real Simple magazine in New York, her first foray in the Big Apple. During the spring of her senior year, Murray interned at Seventeen magazine while completing her studies at Temple and leading two campus media organizations.

For Murray, this is just the beginning. “From here, I would love to continue on in magazines,” she said. “My experience has given me such a versatile background and wide skill set that I’m confident I’ll be able to adapt easily to many other opportunities in the industry.”

—Erica Brooke Fajge