Journalism Grad at Home in the Big Apple

Journalism Grad at Home in Big Apple

By Emily Rust

In Manhattan’s fast-paced magazine industry, it can be tough to stand out. But one Creighton graduate is making her mark in journalism as an assistant editor at Inc. Magazine.

At first glance, the participating magazines in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ summer internship program didn’t thrill Anna Hensel, BA’15. Fashion and beauty magazines dominated the list — topics she did not want to cover. Further down the list, was Inc. Magazine, which boasted that it was one of the first magazines to put Steve Jobs on its cover. Hensel was hooked.

In the summer between her junior and senior years at Creighton, the Minnesota native packed her bags for New York City to intern at Inc., a business magazine known for its annual rankings of fast-growing private companies in the U.S. And just days after graduation in 2015, she headed out again for New York for a full-time job at Inc.

As an assistant editor, Hensel manages columnists who write on design and technology, and she continues to write as well. Her articles vary, from career advice to profiles on company CEOs to lighter items, such as “Who Said It: Kanye West or Steve Jobs?” While Inc. might have made its name with traditional business news, it’s also in tune with today’s pop culture.

“We look at the news and think, what’s the business angle from that story?” Hensel said.

A journalism graduate with a minor in German, Hensel has learned to adapt her writing to different topics. She’s written about how often crimes involving college athletes are prosecuted for an article that appeared online in ESPN and internet development in Omaha for Silicon Prairie News.

“In journalism, you’re expected to become an expert quickly,” Hensel said. “I definitely feel like I’ve been able to learn everything I needed to just by asking the right questions.”

At Creighton, Hensel was involved as the opinion editor of the Creightonian, the philanthropy chair of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the vice president of the Peace and Justice Cooperative.

In the spring of her sophomore year, she studied abroad in Copenhagen with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Her curriculum was hands-on. One week, she and her classmates went to Northern Ireland to study the conflict between Protestants and Catholics. She even wrote an article about the Danish culture from an outsider’s perspective for a Red Cross-sponsored newspaper for Copenhagen’s refugee population.

Although the New York media world is much larger than Omaha, Hensel reminds herself not to get intimidated, because “I remember that Creighton prepared me well.”