My two week placement was based within the special reports team of The Scotsman Publications. This team work on supplements for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Edinburgh Evening News and Herald & Post newspapers in addition to producing the monthly Pulse Magazine.
While on my placement I gained industry experience in proof-reading, sub-editing, picture research and page design for the newspaper supplements and The Pulse; all whilst obtaining a glimpse into the magazine industry’s practices and obstacles.
I am fortunate to have arrived at my placement just as the May 2011 issue of The Pulse was being finished.
Think Alice in Wonderland meets Heston Blumenthal.
The striking photography, whimsical fashion pieces and the scrumptious food features, all made this issue the most stunning yet; and I should know – I also archived the back issues.
What became apparent during my placement is that no person within the team performed one single role. In fact many of the team members were multi-talented and undertook editing, page design, photography and journalism. In discussing this with the special reports editor Gabe Stewart, she revealed that this was the natural progression in which many magazine and print publishers were taking in response to the current economic climate. This emphasises the importance of studying MSc publishing at Napier, which provides its students with a broad range of skills and knowledge essential to success within the current marketplace.