Six West Virginia University students are flipping a few pages ahead on their future careers in book-publishing and mediaby working this fall semester at the WVU Press.
Zion Godfrey, Jamie Griffith, Lauren Hough, Joshua Queen, Janelle Washington and Mary Herald are taking on several projects and duties for the bustling University-based publishing house that generates books, journals, electronic media and educational resources for everyone from scholars to the general public.
Research, writing and editing are all part of the story for the six, who also have the option to fulfill WVU s mandatory capstone requirement for graduation with a bachelors in English while working at the Press.
Godfrey, a junior English major from Charleston who is also carrying a minor in philosophy, says hes already acquirednew writing skills and styleswhile completing asignificant amountof interesting work just a few weeks into his internship.
Before I started at the Press, I didnt appreciate all the details that go into making a book,said Griffith, a senior English major from Morgantown. Griffith is presently creating a flowchart of publishing functions and copyediting a manual for authors, and has also learned to use image-editing software needed to prepare manuscripts for printing.
Hough was pleasantly surprised. The senior news-editorial major from Scottsdale, Pa., thought she wouldbe doing a lot of work with a red pen,as she puts it, especially with her minors in professional writing and editing. The Press had other projects in mind, though, and the intern is spending the semester writing marketing materials for the publishing house.
Queen, a veteran WVU Press intern from Buckhannon, has designed the Press catalogue and post cards, in addition to writing press releases and reviewing new manuscripts for the copyeditor.Our advertising copy is as important as anything else we produce,says Press Director/Editor Pat Conner;and Josh has a real knack for it.
Bookbinding and copyediting the Press catalogue are just two of the skills Washington has learned during her time with the Press.Im enjoying the increased responsibility and the opportunity to new marketing skills,the senior English major from New Jersey said.
Herald, a non-traditional student who hails from Louisville, Ky., is on the front lines for the Press: she assists the administrative secretary with daily packing, copying, and answering phones.
For more information on the WVU Press and its titles, visit online atwww.wvupress.comor call toll-free 1-866-WVU-PRESS (988-7737).