Pugwash News newspaper and Pugwash magazine
During my year as Media and Publications Officer at Portsmouth Students' Union, I acted as Editor-In-Chief of the union's student media. In particular, the union's two printed student publications - a long-standing and award-winning student lifestyle magazine, and a newly-launched newspaper. As Editor-In-Chief, it was my responsibility to oversee the maintenance of high editorial standards, to avoid - wherever possible - landing in hot water (a difficult task at times!), and - most importantly in a learning environment - to strive to provide opportunities for the student volunteers to develop their skills, as well as my own. During the year I developed an eye for spelling, punctuation, grammar, excellent and consistent presentation standards, and a thorough understanding of the need to develop and maintain a publication's 'voice'. This was especially important with the newspaper, as although similar publications exist in other students' unions, providing a number of excellent yardsticks, we were operating on largely new ground. Thankfully, with the publication continuing to go from strength to strength in my absence, I think it is fair to say that the combined team effort which I headed up laid an excellent foundation for the publication.
September 2007 to July 2008 | Keywords: copy editing, editing, publishing, design, DTP