Small and mid-sized magazines are frequently bare-bones operations with limited (or no) full-time staff. To compete and thrive, publishers and managing editors often rely on the contributions of part-timers, interns, practicum students, year-round volunteers, or some combination thereof. Without a big manual of best practices, an HR department, or direct management experience, publishers can find themselves working without a net when it comes to hiring, rewarding and retaining “good help.”
In the seminar “Human Resources for Small and Mid-Sized Magazines” Jenn Farrell, former managing editor of subTerrain magazine, explores ways to put a little HR department into your day-to-day operation, and to avoid miscommunications, attrition, and thumb-twiddling before they happen.
Jenn Farrell is a freelance writer and editor, the former managing editor of subTerrain magazine, and Board Past-President for the Magazine Association of BC. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Prism, West Coast Line, Event, Real Weddings, and Alive. As the author of two collections of short fiction: The Devil You Know (Anvil Press, 2010), and Sugar Bush & Other Stories (Anvil, 2006), she’s proud that Vancouver’s Georgia Straight once called her “a bad-ass version of Alice Munro.”