How to Find the Email Address of a Magazine Editor

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If you can get your email straight to the correct editor at a magazine, you will have a much better shot of actually landing an assignment. When your email first passes through filters like a general inbox and interns, the chances are much reduced. If you are clever, you can skip these middlemen by discovering the formula for the magazine's email addresses.

Things You'll Need

  • Magazine's website address
  • Copy of the latest masthead
  • Start by looking for the email address of the editor in chief. This is sometimes given on the "Letters to the Editor" page.

  • Search for addresses in the latest copy of the magazine or on the website for the magazine. You are looking for web addresses with names rather than "editor@magazine.com," which goes to a general box.

  • Look for a section of the website that is directed at advertisers. You may be able to get several direct email addresses for advertising.

  • Study the addresses you find to determine the pattern. Many magazines use systems like FirstInitialLastName@magazine.com or FirstNameLastName@Magazine.com. Not all of them are like this, but they are almost all formulaic.

  • Apply the formula to the editor that you want to reach (get her name off the masthead). Now when you send an email, you have a better chance of it getting where you want it to go.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get as specific as possible when sending emails. For example, look for a health editor, a food editor.
  • If you can't find any email addresses, try using combinations of initials and names with the name of the magazine or the name of the publisher (meredith, hearst).

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