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Sinead Mulhern



M-School title: Editorial Intern, MoneySense (Digital)
Post-secondary institution: Ryerson University
Program of study: Journalism



M-School was the perfect place to land after finishing my four years of journalism school while trying to tune out industry news weighted with the words “cutbacks,” “folding” and, worse, “unpaid.”

Working at Ryerson’s student-run newspaper as my last semester ended, I could hardly picture not being a student. The newsroom was littered with cups of cheap coffee and two dozen twentysomethings talking deadlines and editing. Held to a high editorial standard by a prof who runs a tight ship, that newsroom is supposed to be the transition to your job. But working on campus and alongside your friends, it still feels like a pseudo-editorial office. I wanted something that felt like a real workplace with a thread of student life. That’s what M-School is.

Inside what looks like a publishing castle on Mount Pleasant Road, 13 interns were placed across the company. M-School is a blend of 80 per cent working at a magazine and 20 per cent attending seminars and brainstorming sessions. I worked at MoneySense every day, mostly on the digital side but I also wrote pieces for print. I wrote stories, learned the ins and outs of digital journalism, attended editorial meetings, researched and wrote headlines — I even did my first live radio interview. I regularly used a bunch of tools for online publishing and I went to educational seminars for editors.

During my internship, I met editors from Chatelaine, Canadian Business, Flare, Sportsnet, Today’s Parent and others. One of the highlights was pitching ideas for the student rankings issue to the editors of Maclean’s.

If your training wheels aren’t ready to come off after graduation, they certainly will be by the time M-School is over. I now understand so much more about how this industry works. I’ll soon look for a place in the world of publishing and might sweat just a few less bullets in the process.

What were your primary tasks?
My job included writing stories, pitching to editors, keeping tabs on personal finance news, updating social media, maintaining the website, moderating comments and conducting research for larger projects at the magazine. At MoneySense, I was able to cover a wide range of topics — many more than I originally thought going into the internship. Sometimes my stories were fashion-related and other times I wrote technology, travel, education or general lifestyle pieces.

Describe one day in the workplace
Mornings started with the online editor and I updating the site, checking newswires, moderating new comments and managing social media platforms. There wasn’t really a typical day at MoneySense — my time was split between several things. Often, I would fill the rest of the day by working on stories either for online or the magazine (or both). Sometimes these were assigned and sometimes I pitched the ideas myself. While working on pieces, I was regularly interviewing, researching, writing drafts and putting in edits.

What is your dream job?
My dream job would definitely involve me working at a magazine doing a combination of editing and writing. I’m an adventurous and active person so if I ever end up working for an outdoorsy publication, I’d be thrilled.


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