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Marie Nash, Editor of Hamilton-Halton Weddings magazine

Marie Nash

We caught up with Marie Nash, who now works as the Editor of Hamilton-Halton Weddings magazine.  Marie Nash did her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and a Master of Arts in Communication and New Media, at McMaster.

You are now working as the Editor of Hamilton-Halton Weddings magazine.  What is it like working as a magazine editor?  What are your roles and responsibilities?

Working as a magazine editor is one of the most exciting jobs for me personally, because it allows me to do something creative every day. Basically, I am responsible for creating the content of the magazine from beginning to end. I have to identify what our audience wants to know about and anticipate wedding trends and then build the content from there. Beyond writing all the features, I also organize large-scale creative photo shoots, and maintain the magazine’s online components, including Facebook & Twitter. I also get to work with very talented industry professionals such as photographers, event designers and art directors, all of whom I am constantly learning from.

What are some of the most exciting things that you do in your job?

The most exciting part of my job is being able to showcase the talent of wedding industry professionals, while also guiding couples on creating their perfect wedding day. It’s also pretty exciting to see something I created on sale in bookstores.

“Working as a magazine editor is one of the most exciting jobs for me personally, because it allows me to do something creative everyday.”

Since graduating, you have also worked as a Marketing Specialist for StealTheDeal, and as an Account Representative for Town Media.  What was it like working as a marketing specialist?  What were your roles and responsibilities?

Working as a marketing specialist was a fantastic learning experience, especially because it involved working on a product that was marketed nationally from a major media company. I was essentially responsible for increasing public awareness and membership of StealTheDeal, which was Sun Media’s daily deal site. I would source events and book exhibitor space, source and purchase promotional products, create various communication pieces including sell sheets and press kits, contribute to overall social media strategy, create and edit online written content, and proof the daily ads that would run in Sun’s publications across Canada. Unfortunately, the daily deal business model proved to be challenging one, with Sun closing the operation, but I learnt a great deal from my time there.

What was it like working as an account representative?  What were your roles and responsibilities?

Being an account representative at Town Media was the most difficult job I’ve had, but I am so grateful for the experience. I was responsible for selling ad space in various magazines including Hamilton Magazine, Vines Magazine and Hamilton-Halton Weddings, where I would go on to be Editor. It was completely out of my comfort zone, but working on publications from the sales end gave me a great understanding of the print industry as a business model and it also led to my jobs with StealTheDeal and as Editor.

While at McMaster, you worked on various research projects, including on studies of Canadian Reality Television, Net Neutrality, and Children’s media literacy.  What was your experience like as a research assistant?  What did you gain from working on these projects?

Being a research assistant for Dr. Quail was a very valuable experience. By working with Dr. Quail on papers that would go on to be published and presented at conferences, I learnt how to better execute my own research, particularly when it came to my own MRP.

“Give every opportunity, no matter how big or small, your very best. Even though upon graduation you may end up in a job that you are over-qualified for, still give 100% because you never know who will notice you and where it may lead!”

What was the most important experience you gained at McMaster?

I would say the most important experience I gained at McMaster was actually TAing. In my experience, employers really held this position in high regard, commenting that if I was given the responsibility to teach communications, then I must really know my stuff. I also built many great relationships with my students and have kept in contact with many, even working with them for the magazine.

What was the part of your program at McMaster that you most enjoyed and learned the most from?

Even though I didn’t pursue a career in research, I would say qualitative and quantitative research methods were the courses I enjoyed and learnt the most from. The methods taught in these courses are a necessary foundation needed when creating your own research in upper years and in your Masters.

Why did you choose McMaster?

I chose McMaster for probably not the greatest reason- because my boyfriend (now husband) was already at Mac. I actually entered university with the goal of completing my Hon. B.A. in Political Science, however, after taking two Communications classes in first year, I decided to switch majors, as I felt Communications just came more naturally to be.

What advice do you have for McMaster students?

Give every opportunity, no matter how big or small, your very best. Even though upon graduation you may end up in a job that you are over-qualified for, still give 100% because you never know who will notice you and where it may lead!