See CJ write

I’m lucky, and I know it. At 32 years old, I’ve spent nearly seven years already working in my “dream job.” I decided I wanted to work in magazines as a young child, and my position as managing editor of Birmingham magazine really has lived up to my hopes and dreams.

And I’m honored when others ask me for advice for finding work in the field. On Aug. 8, I’ll be one of several editors on hand for a “Meet the Press” mixer. This event is hosted by the local women’s writing group See Jane Write, and you can learn more about it here.

Because of my involvement with the event, SJW Founder Javacia Harris Bowser interviewed me for a profile in the current edition of the organization’s online magazine. I love talking about my work, and I’m looking forward to this event!

Carla Jean Whitley knew she wanted a career in magazines when she was only 10 years old. But she started her journalism career in newspapers, working at The Tuscaloosa News, The Cullman Times, and The Birmingham News – all Alabama-based publications.

“I can’t say enough about how valuable my newspaper experience was,” Whitley says. “I had a chance to write, copy edit, line edit and design.

Still her magazine dreams were alive and well.

–Read more “Carla Jean Whitley’s ‘dream job’ at Birmingham magazine paves way for book deal.”

This entry’s title is inspired by the organization See Jane Write. In case you hadn’t already figured that out.

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