Question and AnswHER
Maria Aspan-Senior Editor of Inc.
What does your job as Senior Editor of Inc. entail?
I’m responsible for the Money (financial) and Made (design) sections in Inc.’s print monthly magazine, meaning Iassign and edit features, infographics, columns and other shorter articles every month. Besides working with the reporters to get the words in the best possible shape, I also work with my colleagues in Inc.’s photo and art departments, who make every article look amazing.
I write features for the print magazine, as well as shorter news stories and analysis articles for Inc.com. I also edit the online articles of some Inc.com reporters and columnists, and I occasionally work with Inc.com video producers to conduct live or recorded video interviews for Inc.‘s website.
How did your previous experience prepare you for this role?
I covered banking and finance for six years during and after the financial crisis, which was a fun, fast-moving, stressful and exciting beat. I worked at Reuters and American Banker, which both gave me a lot of specialized knowledge about how the financial world works while teaching me to think about the bigger impact and context of the news I was covering. At Inc., I use that experience to tell a different, but equally exciting set of stories, about entrepreneurs and startups and the many financial questions affecting them.
What inspired you to become a journalist?
I always wanted to write for a living, and I love hearing other people’s stories and analyzing why things work (or don’t work) the way they do. My first journalism internship, at The New York Times in Paris, helped me realize that there was a way to get paid to do all of that. It also taught me not to be afraid to ask questions!
How has technology influenced your work as a journalist?
In so many ways! Many of the stories we tell at Inc. have to do, in some way, with how technology is changing business and the ways in which people start businesses. And most of my work is digital, whether it’s communicating with writers and sources via email and chats and text messages; reading and responding to breaking news via social media; or writing and editing directly into Inc.com’s software.
How can girls learn more about career paths in the media industry?
Read, read, read–and do. Read sites like GenHERation, read blogs, read Twitter, read everything by writers whose work you admire. But the best way to get a job is to do the work for the job that you want: Write the stories you’re most interested in, pitch the blogs and publications that you want to write for — and don’t give up.