Millikin student uses fellowship to learn the ins and outs of editing
在米尔金大学读大三的时候, 贝拉埃尔南德斯 was already immersed in 英语 writing after discovering her passion to write stories. 但在她大三结束的时候, a unique opportunity came knocking where she could broaden her skills as an editor.
As a senior this past spring, Hernandez served as an undergraduate fellow for Dr. 朱莉·贝茨, 我是英语系的助理教授, where she performed two roles as an editorial assistant for "Rhetoric Review," a peer-reviewed journal in rhetoric and writing studies published by Taylor & Francis, and as an intern with Millikin's Center for Publishing & 编辑.
"I learned a lot—how to edit for clarity without taking over someone else's voice, 如何在事实核查时更加彻底, and how to research and familiarize myself with a topic so that I can be knowledgeable about what I'm editing,”埃尔南德斯说. “我没有与任何作家直接合作, but I still learned a lot from the writers through the reviews I edited."
Dr. Bates serves as the book review editor of "Rhetoric Review" and is responsible for all aspects of preparing book reviews for each issue of the journal.
"The fellow works with me to identify reviewers for new books released in the field, 事实检查评论, and assist with all aspects of copy editing and proofreading the reviews from initial draft through to publication,贝茨说:“. "It's a great way to gain editing experience and also become familiar with some of the research and conversations in the field."
Dr. Bates expanded the fellowship to have Hernandez work with the Center for Publishing & 编辑, enabling her to gain additional experience with writing social media and blog posts; developing ideas for, 记录, 转录新的 编辑分钟播客; and brainstorming other ways to further promote the Center and engage students with it. In addition to coming up with the name of the podcast, Hernandez also came up with episode topics.
“播客是一次很棒的经历. I was able to get comfortable talking off-the-cuff about a lot of really interesting topics, such as sensitivity reading and diversity and inclusion in editing,”埃尔南德斯说. “我在播客的最后一集玩得很开心, as I got to reflect on the major things I've learned about editing while at Millikin."
The fellowship was an opportunity for Hernandez, of Manhattan, Ill., to understand the influence editing has on an entire piece.
"Just one changed word can shift blame from one party to another, 将某人表示同情或邪恶, can change a piece from offensive and insensitive to progressive. The editor has a lot of responsibility on their shoulders to make sure that the writer's intent and voice are clear and that the piece conveys the right message,”她说.
One of the underlying goals of the fellowship is to give students professional experience and practice publishing and editing so that they can take those experiences with them into any career they pursue.
"编辑 is so important—not just in book, magazine, and journal publishing, but in all areas. Businesses and organizations across the board need quality editors. The skills students can gain with hands-on editing experiences, 澳门威斯尼斯人娱乐平台网址的专业编辑班, 而在密利金，更多可以让他们走得更远, 即使他们没有成为全职编辑,贝茨说:“. "It's about valuing the power of language and what it can do in the world and thinking strategically about the best ways to communicate to reach our target audiences. Some of that can be learned by reading books on editing and being instructed on how to do it, 当然, but as Bella learned through the fellowship and students in Professional 编辑 or those working on BURST and our many other student-run publications have learned, 你学习的地方是把知识付诸实践吗, 通过在语境中写作."
Dr. Bates says Hernandez is poised to do so many different things now that she has completed the fellowship and graduated from Millikin.
“她已经是一位才华横溢的创作作家, and what she has learned from the fellowship and Professional 编辑 class can benefit her directly in her writing,贝茨说:“. 但在她过去一年的剪辑经历之后, she's also poised to do a lot of different things—become an editor for a magazine or nonprofit organization, become a freelance editor or sensitivity reader working with other fiction writers, 为独立或学术出版社编辑. 如此多的可能性."
埃尔南德斯补充说, "I think I've learned a lot about how to work with others to improve a piece and how to trust my instincts as an editor. I'm a better researcher, fact-checker, writer, and editor because of this opportunity."
在刚刚过去的春季学期，Dr. Bates wrapped up her second year serving as the Hardy Distinguished Professor of 英语. She is about to launch a website for the Center for Publishing & 编辑, and with Bella's help, has set up 脸谱网 and 推特 accounts to promote the Center. A new office for the Center was recently opened on campus (先令大厅, 211房间e), which offers space for Center interns and students to work on many publishing and editing projects and student-run ventures to meet and collaborate as well as space for Center faculty and community partners to meet.