Joely Carey Multimedia & Magazine Journalism teacher Sheffield University @thejoelycarey
I launched six magazine brands in lockdown. Amazing, huh?
Except I didn’t launch them. They were created by the next generation of magazine makers. A generation of magazine makers who faced the pandemic square on. Who, when lockdown hit, raised their game. And then some.
We set up virtual magazine teams in different countries across different time zones. Hectic days were filled with virtual conferences, virtual design sessions, virtual copy clinics.
Despite obvious challenges, all six magazines were brought to life. A triumph of journalistic creativity.
Our industry will survive Covid and it will be in safe hands.
Jasmina Matulewicz Editor, Dark Mode Magazine Roehampton Universitystudent publication @jasminajuliaa
Organisation is my strong suit.
I’d stir checklists and spreadsheets into my morning coffee if I could, and top it off with a well-rehearsed PowerPoint. But planning and delegating and managing without leaving the flat, much less grabbing a team lunch before the next editorial meeting, is awfully anticlimactic.
And so although my forte is deflated somewhat, I can’t think of anything more rewarding than flicking through the pages of our first magazine. We made that. Along the way, we became nocturnal, we became Zoom experts, and we watched hours of YouTube tutorials. I’m still hungry for an old-fashioned brainstorming session.
Sue Marshall Founder Desang Diabetes Media @DesangSue
Strangely, the pandemic has made the digital publication I edit even more relevant.
It’s aimed at people with diabetes, all of whom are encouraged to shield, and has become a core support, able to disseminate relevant info quickly and in a manner that is informative without scare-mongering.
Last issue carried a very reassuring feature on how companies in the sector have adapted to keep vital supplies in stock.
The fact that I was set up to work from home and with other freelancers who could do the same meant that it has been business as usual.