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Editor---Film Magazine

Rachael K Bosley

Tell us about your work-what do you do? I edit and write features about cinematography and its practitioners for an internationally distributed monthly trade publication. What skills are needed? Excellent command of English , good grammar and spelling , attention to detail , knowledge of film history and technology , facility with computers. What was your major? A.B. Cinema Studies/Culture and Communication M.A. Journalism How did you get started in your career? During my freshman year of college, I began covering local meetings for a daily newspaper on a part-time basis. I eventually wrote for two local weekly newspapers and began copy-editing as well. What experience do you need in this job? Feature writing , interview skills , knowledge of film industry and its trends, proofreading . Describe your "typical" workday: Field calls and emails from publicists pitching their films, edit 2-3 major features, do fact checking in film manuals and on Internet, solicit corrections from interviewees. What is the hardest aspect of your job? Writing for a largely professional audience without having a similarly technical background. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Seeing a good story I've written in print. What are your suggestions for someone considering this field? See as many movies as you can, read good writers (including critics), read books about how movies are made.