Try reading this first. Unfortunately, it’s all true.
That said, I’m not one of those magazine people who laments the changing media landscape and the rise of blogs, etc. I LIKE the immediacy of the web and the democratization of ideas—who says journalists are the only ones who get to lead the conversation? (Ironically, when I was an editor, I’d often surf the blogosphere for story ideas and whispers of new trends. How’s that for a role reversal?)
Now we’re seeing all kinds of bricks-and-mortar editor types (like moi) dipping their toes into the blog world, which I think is a great thing. But cumulatively, when coupled with the economic downturn, there’s a downside to all this webby/bloggy action. Like the article says, it’s harder than ever to get—or keep—a job in media these days. (And the glam factor is quickly drying up too. Think TTC, not Town Cars.)
So if you’re intent on breaking into magazines, just know that you’ve got to (A) have a real passion for the work and (B) be hella persistent. It also doesn’t hurt to (C) have a trust fund and (D) a back-up career plan.