Title : intern
Tagline : meet the talent, join the debate
Issue : issue two | Summer 2014
Price : £8
Cover : black and white headshot of an intern from picture feature inside. I feel like I should know who he is, I mean, he’s a cover star, but I don’t think I’m supposed to. Otherwise it’s all very polished and professional and looks very much like much like a high end fashion or lifestyle magazine.
Shelf appeal : it’s not very in your face which detracts from its shelf appeal. Probably doesn’t matter much though as it will sell on concept alone.
Layout and Design : again, polished and professional and looks much like a high end fashion or lifestyle magazines. I would love to say that these guys must be students of/interns in design,journalism and publishing and it shows. The credits say otherwise and it looks like the magazine was designed and art directed out of house (by She Was Only since you didn’t ask). I’m not an intern (and not even able to work at the minute) but, intern, if you’re looking for someone with Photoshop/InDesign experience, hmu ;)
Content : huge range of content from interviews, articles, picture features and illustration. Was surprised by the breadth, depth, and to be honest, quality of it all. The interview with Jessica Walsh, of Sagmeister and Walsh is a particular scoop. There’s even a great flowchart outlining the legality of internships. It’s fun and entertaining, adding a practical touch without being too heavy handed.
Best Feature : so many good bits it’s hard to choose. There are a few great picture features, Fashion’s Other Faces and Limbo, the former being a punch in the gut knowing how long some of the faces have been interning. Cover star, Jordan, for example has been at Pause Magazine for a year. Really hoping this is a sandwich year for his course and not the standard for aspiring magaziners. There’s an interview with Adrian Shaughnessy which is even gut punchier and worth it for the harsh but fair(?) pull quote alone, ‘if after a year you are still only offered internships then something is wrong – either with your work or with the sort of people you are approaching’.
Best feature : it’s a very professional and polished affair and if the aim is too show off what interns can do it’s successful. It’s incredible to think this magazine has been put together by people working around other jobs and placements.
Worst feature : it’s very professional and polished. It’s personal taste but I would have liked to see it a bit more rough and ready. A little angrier and maybe more political. Saying that, being publicly angry and political about internships is a surefire way not to get an internship. Also wish it was more frank and about where contributors intern, how long they’ve been there and whether or not they are paid. For a magazine called intern, I’d like it to be more upfront and in my face with contributors’ intern status.
Rating : Four.5
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