Vogue style information editor Sarah Spellings (Medill ‘17) spoke to an viewers of about 40 college students at a Zoom Q&A Thursday to kick off STITCH’s speaker sequence.
Spellings answered questions concerning the function customers and journalists play within the style business, her faculty expertise, profession recommendation and what it’s like working within the style business throughout a worldwide pandemic.
Michelle Gozdanker, Weinberg junior and director of company for STITCH, stated she needed to begin a speaker sequence to extend the publication’s presence on campus.
“Everybody who has utilized to STITCH mentions that till they utilized, they didn’t know who we had been,” Gozdanker stated. “We would like them to know who we’re as a result of lots of work has been put in, and it’s a cool strategy to embrace style and no matter you’re studying in programs collectively.”
Medill senior and STITCH editor in chief Emily Burns stated considered one of her targets was to supply extra alternatives for college students to community and get engaged with alums.
Spellings was additionally an editor in chief of STITCH in her senior yr at Northwestern. She stated she labored to evolve STITCH to steer the publication to be extra politically engaged throughout her senior yr.
“We had reached out to Sarah and he or she was so excited, like so down as quickly as we requested her,” Burns stated. “She was actually enthusiastic about speaking to college students and answering any questions they’ve.”
Spellings was the primary NU scholar to carry a journalism residency at The Reduce, a New York-based style journal. She then freelanced for The Reduce earlier than she was employed as a morning author for the publication popping out of her senior yr of school.
The style editor stated networking was essential to her success.
“After I began in media, I actually didn’t have a really large community,” Spellings stated. “I knew individuals at The Reduce, however I didn’t have any household connections. I didn’t know anybody in New York. However that’s the way you keep afloat within the business is how many individuals you already know, how many individuals acknowledge your identify.”
She stated she ultimately left The Reduce and joined Vogue with a view to additional increase her networks.
Seeing her identify on a Vogue masthead was “one of many coolest issues” she has skilled, Spellings stated.
“I had needed (to see my byline on Vogue) since I used to be like a center schooler,” Spellings stated. “Like, I’ve a stack of outdated Vogues from center college and seeing that I used to be simply type of like, ‘Okay, like, I’ve completed it.’”
Spellings stated different memorable moments in her profession included occurring NPR’s “All Issues Thought of” podcast to speak concerning the resurgence of low-rise denims, and occurring Good Morning America to speak about Victoria’s Secret cancelling its style present.
Nevertheless, Spellings stated the grand moments aren’t all that make her job nice.
“I like the dumbest components to my job,” Spellings stated. “I like the weblog, like I like the movie star model, something. These issues accumulate, and that’s the true enjoyable half is rather like having fun with placing out content material that hopefully will make individuals chortle or smile on daily basis.”
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