Club helps TCNJ students find jobs and get ahead in the commercial magazine business.
Big office in a metropolitan area; busy coworkers scrambling to meet deadlines; interviews with prominent figures in entertainment, politics, and religion—this scene is a dream for students who want to be magazine editors or writers.
Tammy Tibbetts ’07 wanted to help make that dream a reality for TCNJ students. So in 2005, Tibbetts established Ed@TCNJ, a college chapter of Ed2010, a community of young journalists and editors who share advice about the industry in order to work their way up the career ladder to be at the top of their field.
Just three years later, Ed@TCNJ has been named the Best Established Ed2010 Chapter in the nation. Ed@TCNJ beat out large state universities such as the University of Florida, large private schools such as Syracuse University and the University of Miami, and elite Ivy schools such as the University of Pennsylvania to take home the top spot. Ed@TCNJ grabbed the top spot this year after a second-place finish last year.
What credentials did Ed@TCNJ have over the other college chapters? It was the hard work that went into hosting numerous panels with notable people in the industry “and earnest dedication to the mission of Ed2010,” said Ed@TCNJ president and journalism/women and gender studies double major Nancy Sai ’09.
Last fall, Ed@TCNJ hosted a panel with two successful alumni. Dave Croatto ’01, of MAD Magazine, and Tibbetts, who works with Hearst Digital Media, spoke about their experiences breaking into the magazine business. Sharon Tharp ’08, last year’s president, and Sai moderated that panel discussion.
Last spring, the group held a panel discussion on entertainment journalism with Tanner Stransky from Entertainment Weekly and Annette John-Hall from The Philadelphia Inquirer. The group also hosted a Q&A panel with Chandra Czape Turner, the founder of Ed2010 and executive editor of CosmoGIRL! Sai said it was an honor and great accomplishment for Ed@TCNJ to have the founder of Ed2010 come to a school with such a small campus.
“We are pretty small compared to some of the other schools, and the fact that we got the top award pushes me to extend this hard work and dedication this year as president,” said Sai.
“I think that award says being a small school is anything but an obstacle, because at the end of the day, we have enough push and shove to make things happen,” she added.
More information about the group can be found on its Web site, http://edtcnj.wordpress.com/.