Rolling Stone Magazine Writer
A full-time writing gig there is one of the most coveted in print media
Rolling Stone is a cultural icon that's been covering music, politics and pop culture for more than four decades. A journalist's role at the Rolling Stone is a bit different. (Courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine/Albert Watson)
Rolling Stone is a cultural icon that's been covering music, politics and pop culture for more than four decades. Since its inaugural issue in 1967, the magazine has delivered to readers everything that's important, newsworthy, cutting-edge or trend-setting.
The magazine is known for its creative and thought-provoking writers. A journalist's role at the Rolling Stone differs widely from what is expected of a journalist at a daily newspaper.
The stories are feature-oriented profiles that range from small vignette-type informative critiques to long, mesmerizing narratives. A full-time gig as a Rolling Stone writer is considered one of the most coveted in the print media world.
While there is no fixed career path in magazine journalism, a college degree is highly recommend but not mandatory. What you will need to show is mastery of literacy, current affairs and stellar research skills.
If you want to write for Rolling Stone or magazines of its ilk, you'll also need determination and perseverance, interpersonal skills, and a demonstrable passion for pop culture.
Lastly, learn to match your ideas to the tone and style of the magazine and develop a writing style that's clear, concise and thought-provoking.
Anyone born before 1980 will recall the likes of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson writing for Rolling Stone's political section. Thompson first published his most famous work, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," within the pages of the magazine. He remained a contributing editor until his death in 2005.
Other famous writers who have contributed to the esteemed magazine are Cameron Crowe, Robert Altman and P.J. O'Rourke.
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