Anne Vickman, MA '10
Editor, writer, blogger
Q. What are you currently working on?
I'm the associate editor/weddings editor at Boston magazine. I also contribute to and edit Boston, Boston Home, New England Travel, and the Boston magazine website. I cover A&E, lifestyle, design, beauty, food, culture and more for both print and online outlets. I have written for a variety of publications, including Boston magazine, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Herald, the Boulder Weekly, kaffeinebuzz.com, and Denver magazine. I'm also skilled in desktop publishing and design, blogging, and e-publishing.
Q. Could you describe one person, experience, or series of events at Emerson that shifted the course of your career and that illustrates one of Emerson’s core attributes of creativity, collaboration, risk taking, and excellence?
I think taking Rodzvilla's E-Publishing Overview course made me realize that there's a lot in that field that is really important to know about, and extremely practical, for any modern career in publishing. Between the basics of HTML and learning the ins and outs of CSS, I realized I still have a lot to learn, and hope to continue to do so!
Q. Is there an example of how a faculty member aided you with your career?
I took desktop publishing with Melissa Gruntkosky, which taught me how to use InDesign and Photoshop and, as someone with a writing background, gave me a much better understanding of the importance of layout and design. I don't use those programs on a regular basis at my current job, but learning those skills has been infinitely helpful for me in terms of thinking about and collaborating on magazine stories in terms of art AND copy.
Q. Are you professionally connected to other Emersonians?
Yes! I have worked and continue to work with Emersonians here at Boston magazine, and regularly keep in touch with many of my classmates who have ended up at publishing companies all over the map: Barefoot Books, Brill, Copyright Clearance Center, Houghton Mifflin, Pearson, Time Inc., Washingtonian magazine, and more.
Q. What’s the single most important piece of advice you’d like to give to Emerson students?
Be proactive! Talk to people. Tell people what you're interested in and make an effort to get to know people in your field. If you put it out there, good things will happen.