26-Year-Old Harvard Alum Named New Yorker Managing Editor

Journalism neophytes and dedicated students take heart, all hope is not lost. Yes, jobs may be shedding.  Predictions of demise may be looming.  As you talk about your journalism passions, your parents’ eyes may be rolling.  But with the right training, and a stint in Paris (OK, and a Harvard degree), you too might be able to make the leap to managing editor of a major magazine in the media capital of the world only four years out of school.

Amelia Lester has spun her journalism experience and “tremendous literary knowledge” into a dream job come true at an age most of us are still flummoxed about how to make our monthly loan payments.  She is a former exective editor of The Harvard Crimson magazine Fifteen Minutes and a past features editor for the lit mag The Harvard Advocate.

Lester’s leap up the j-career ladder is astonishing for its speed, I imagine even by Harvard standards.  Does it portend positive job news for other young journalists?  Is it a sign of the new media economy (or new media mindset) invading old media?  Or does it prove more simply (but still positively, in my opinion) that connections and an Ivy degree still count for something in this crazy mixed-up media sphere?

In May 2005, Lester wrote in Fifteen Minutes: “Amelia E. Lester ’05, an English and American literature and language concentrator in Adams House, hopes a publishing job in New York City is forthcoming.”

Well, it’s here. Some journalism dreams, it seems, are still coming true.

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