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Prajakta Dhopade

Prajakta

 

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

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Being a part of M-School has been an incredible experience. From the first day I started at MoneySense, I was immediately valued as a part of the team and my ideas were welcomed. I learned the ins and outs of service journalism and how to develop my story ideas to best inform our readers. I’m walking away from M-School with tons of clippings, an inside look at how a magazine runs, and with an understanding of the motivation behind editorial decisions and social media strategies. I was able to meet with editors at other magazines and not only learn from them, but show them what I can do, since interns were encouraged to pitch stories to other editors. The opportunities M-School offers are endless. To say it’s a well-rounded experience is an understatement.

What really makes M-School special is the classroom sessions. Every week or so, we would take breaks from our hectic schedules and come together to learn from some of the most important and knowledgeable professionals at Rogers Media. We became versed in the various elements that make it one of the most successful publishing companies in the country. I especially loved hearing from the movers and shakers who were responsible for keeping magazine publishing relevant in an ever-evolving digital world. M-Schoolers were not only able to build on our existing skills, but we were also given this in-depth inside look at a tumultuous and exciting industry. These sessions were definitely one of the highlights of my time at Rogers Media.

What were your primary tasks?
My primary tasks as an intern were to keep up with personal finance news, pitch relevant stories, prepare wire copy for the website, write headlines, choose SEO keywords and help with research projects. No coffee runs involved!

Describe one day in the workplace?
Typically, I would arrive in the morning and start browsing the wires for stories to publish on the website. Then I would see what was trending online and try to find a personal finance angle that could be turned into a story. I would then come up with a few ideas and pitch them to my editor. I’d write a story, get it edited and then prepare it to be published online.

What is your proudest accomplishment from the internship?
My proudest achievement is when I pitched and wrote a story about Bill C-51 and how it would affect taxpayer information. The story was controversial and something not many other media outlets had really talked about. It garnered the praise of my editors, the ire of PR people, received attention from readers and was even republished by Maclean’s!

What is your dream job?
My dream job is to become a section editor at a women’s magazine. I’m passionate about women’s issues, love editing and being super busy, so it’d be perfect! I’d also love to be a comedy writer for a TV show.

If money was no object, what would you do all day?
If I were rolling in dough, I’d spend the day rock climbing, eating delicious food and watching Netflix.

Your best work at M-School:
Bill C-51: Your tax info at heightened risk, experts say
http://www.moneysense.ca/news/bill-c-51-your-tax-info-at-heightened-risk-experts-say/
This story looks at how the approval of the Anti-terrorism Act affects the privacy of your tax information.

 The easy way for students to invest in stocks
http://www.moneysense.ca/invest/stocks/the-easy-way-for-students-to-invest-in-stocks/

 

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