Josephine Huynh is a local star in my eyes. Currently working at The Canberra Times as a Creative Writer, and In The City and See Canberra Magazine as Editor; Josephine is highly educated in the field of Journalism, and is also the go-to girl for all things Canberra – she is in the know!
I was able to have a quick chat with Josie last week regarding all things journalism, creative work and of course; fashion.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your role as Editor of In The City magazine.
Where do I begin!? Well, I studied Journalism at university and Fashion Business at FBI College, have done some time at ABC 666 and Vogue before landing my current position as a full-time Creative Writer at The Canberra Times where I head up all commercial and advertorial copy.
I’ve been there for almost 3 years now and in this time I have also taken on the role as Editor of In the City magazine and, more recently, Editor of See Canberra magazine. Both are quarterly glossies that I am very passionate about and I am lucky enough to work with an amazing creative team.
In the City is all about what’s happening in the CBD including the latest in fashion, food, lifestyle, new developments, business, events, arts and the people that make up the pulse of the city. See Canberra, on the other hand, is more like an insider’s travel guide to Canberra and the surrounding region, and showcases all the great things to do and the places to go. I am also the regular fashion contributor to The Canberra Times’ weekly Sunday Relax magazine’s Shopaholic feature.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love that it’s always challenging and that there’s always a strategy to make our publications better. I love that the print industry is becoming more tech-savvy and it’s exciting to be a part of and work on a suite of products that are transitioning into digital avenues – looking into ways we can incorporate interactive elements like videos, galleries, search engine optimisation and social media. People say the print industry is on the decline, but it’s not. It’s a really exciting time to be in magazines.
Any tips for those who are looking for a future career in journalism?
Read, read, and read some more. Read everything – novels, magazines, newspapers, academic books, brochures, web pages, everything! This way you develop an understanding of how to differentiate between writing for different types of mediums, what language to use, what structure to consider, what angles are the strongest, what style is suitable, and what makes a satisfying read. It also keeps your grammar, spelling and punctuation in check, which is journalism 101.
Also intern like crazy. Get as much experience in the industry as possible and don’t just limit to what you think you would enjoy – try your hand at radio, print and TV, and over a range of topics that will challenge yourself and take you out of your comfort zone. You never know, you might discover something you’re more passionate about along the way.
What do you love most about interacting with so many talented and successful, local Canberra brands and companies?
Just simply being able to collaborate with the creative community is amazing, whether that be with stylists, models, business owners or photographers; meeting new people and forming new friendships through work and outside of work is really rewarding. Unearthing Canberra’s movers and shakers and helping provide an avenue in which their hard work and talent can be recognised by a wider audience makes it all worth it.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Making lots of lists, some more useful than others but looking busy nonetheless. Setting up meetings in the city to interview talent for the magazines, booking the photographer for photo shoots, liaising with advertising clients, transcribing interviews, writing stories, holding story list brainstorms, delegating stories, researching hot leads, subediting, laying out advertising features for the newspaper and generally Googling and playing plenty of phone tag!
If you could sum up your everyday style in three words what would they be?
High waisted everything.
Complete this sentence: “I feel my most stylish when….”
I’m comfortable and confident.
What are your top 5 favourite Canberra boutiques / stores?
I must admit I’m the avid online shopper but I do love the odd peruse every now and then at Rebel Muse, itrip iskip and Designer Op Shop in Braddon, David Jones at The Canberra Centre is also great when you actually have no idea what outfit you’re after and just want to try everything on, and I can never go past Down Memory Lane in Fyshwick for an eclectic vintage find.
What is one summer wardrobe essential that every woman needs in her wardrobe?
A playsuit! These are great because they can be dressed up or down and require minimal effort to style because it’s an entire outfit in one. Just add sandals, a floppy hat and sunnies and you’re ready for a day out or style with heels, jewellery and a clutch for a night out on the town – they’re also super comfy!
What is your go to outfit, when you can’t think of anything else to wear?
High waisted black skinny jeans that are ripped at the knees teamed with an oversized white tee worn loosely tucked in, leather jacket draped over the shoulders, my Kate Spade handbag, simple sandals and stacks of dainty midi rings. More realistically though, active wear – guilty! Lol have you seen that video?
Flats or heels?
Heels always win. They top off any outfit and can change your mood instantly. They can make you feel confident, professional and powerful even. But keep a pair of flats in your handbag or underneath your work desk (or 6 pairs if you’re like me). We’re only human after all.
All imagery courtesy of Josephine Huynh
As you can see from the above tear sheets and imagery, Josie is one super talented Canberra woman. Her style and creative mind definitely make her one the watch! See more of her creative work in the latest edition of In The City Magazine and See Canberra.
Do you know a Canberra local that has a story to tell? Get in touch!