“30 under 30” – Folio: salutes young magazine professionals

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ABaron-Pic-207x300“30 under 30” – Folio: salutes young magazine professionals
By Andrea Baron

As part of the Folio: 2015 trade show for magazine professionals, thirty young people in the industry were honored for their outstanding contributions to their companies and the industry.  The show, held Oct. 19-21 in New York City, is the largest annual trade event for the magazine publishing industry. For three days publishers from all over the U.S. meet and discuss issues affecting the magazine industry in the areas of content, revenue, marketing, digital editions, social media, etc.  Attendees represent a wide variety of publishers: consumer, business, custom, association, and regional magazines, in print and digital formats. (Pace publishing students were given the opportunity to volunteer some time and attend the show sessions.)

The “30 under 30” honorees were feted at a luncheon on Oct. 21st.  Their accomplishments ranged from launching new titles, directing and increasing digital and social media presence, growing online audiences, managing digital and cross-platform transitions, to outstanding editing, design and reporting on breaking news.

The audience enthusiastically responded to the young professionals as they were introduced and their accomplishments were noted.  Several of the group, including Polly Mosendz, a reporter for Newsweek who did important investigative reporting on several national and international stories, and is one of the most trafficked reporters at the magazine, commented that she “didn’t know if I could do the job”, but praised the confidence of those who hired them and gave them the opportunity to show what they could accomplish.

I agree with one of the young women in the group who thanked the Folio: organization and audience for taking the important step of recognizing the unique and important contributions that young professionals are making to the industry. For the full list of their accomplishments, see the Folio: article http://www.foliomag.com/events/folio-30-30-awards-luncheon/