Want a Job at Essence? Be Curious.

If you’ve spent any time as a freelance writer, you’ve probably toyed with the idea of chucking in that endless pitch-follow-up-pitch-again cycle for the steady paycheck and free A.C. of a staff gig.

But if you’re thinking of sending your resume to Essence, you better bring a little something more than knowledge of AP Style to the table.

“One of the things that will make you successful at Essence is to have a vast curiosity and openness, number one,” said editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White in the final installment of our Media Beat interview. “Number two, you have to have a love and a passion for Black women and their lives and an understanding of that, an understanding and appreciation for Black women’s struggles and issues and challenges, as well as an appreciation for Black women’s triumphs and successes.”

Having climbed the publishing and fashion ladders herself, White also revealed what she would tell her younger self: “You’re never gonna get rich being a journalist,” she said.

Part 1: Essence EIC: We Are ‘Absolutely’ Looking for New Writers

Part 2: Constance White: ‘Essence has always had a diverse staff’

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