I figured that since I haven't written a blog in a while, I should present an apologia, or formal defense.
Actually, I just want to share what I've been doing lately, which is working as an editorial intern at Gardner Business Media, a Cincinnati-based magazine publisher. Most of my work is with its flagship publication--Modern Machine Shop.
Modern Machine Shop Magazine (MMS) reports on, writes feature articles about, and provides press releases pertaining to metal machining. It's a B2B magazine, meaning that just anyone can't subscribe; manufacturing employees subscribe through their companies.
One of manufacturing's many branches (Gardner publishes 7 other similar magazines), machining has to do with cutting away sections of stock metal using large, fixed machines (called machine tools) to produce metal parts of various designs.
The video below was featured in a recent MMS blog, and is a neat window into several different processes covered by the magazine, as well as some of the issues facing the machining industry. MK Precision makes a lot of tiny medical implants.
The more you think about it, the more you realize how important manufacturing is to our world.
So what do I do?
What's an Editorial Intern?
For the most part, I do editing. This can be anything from rewriting sales-y press releases to copyediting an associate editor's blog post to proofreading the print layout version of the upcoming magazine issue. It's a dynamic and exciting place to work, and I've been having a good time.
Plus, cutting words to shreds with a red pen is pretty fun. Reminds me of my first published short story--"The Ghost Writer."
It's been a great and educational experience so far! It's partly why I haven't been as prolific here at Electric Didact. But I hope to adapt soon. And then it will be time for school again...
Jedd Cole is a professional writer and author of short speculative fiction. He resides in Ohio where he is completing a degree in Rhetoric & Professional Writing, crafting short stories in every time-nook he can find, all while frequenting the pages of imaginary worlds with his wonderful wife, Heather, and no pets. None.