While I was a student at Brigham Young University, I was an editor for two academic journals. From 2012 to 2014, I was an editor for A Woman’s Experience, the women’s studies journal at BYU, and in 2013 I was an editor for the Religious Educator as part of my internship with the Religious Studies Center.
Here are some of the issues and pieces I worked on.
For the second issue of AWE, I worked on the submissions, copyediting, and reference-editing teams. Additionally, I did some substantive editing without formally being on that team.
First, as an editor over acquisitions, I evaluated research papers, creative essays, and poetry and provided feedback to the writers once our team made decisions. For example, “Grace” was a submission I advocated for.
Next, in the substantive editing phase, I helped Jessie Hawkes Wilkey further develop the themes of “Hands and Feet.”
Finally, in my fact-checking and copyediting roles, I worked on “‘We Know How to Keep House and We Know How to Keep a City'”: Contextualizing Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon’s Feminism,” “Women’s Values Speaking Between Their Words: Women’s Correspondence in Early Nineteenth Century America,” and “Women in Refrigerators: The Objectification of Women in Comics.”
As part of the first AWE staff, I copyedited the submissions I was sent and provided feedback for the managing editors as to whether those pieces should be published. Because the process for this new journal was initially inefficient, my role as copyeditor was also an exercise in acquisitions editing and manuscript assessment.
While an intern at the RSC, I worked on three issues of the Religious Educator. For the first issue of 2014, I worked on edits for pieces such as:
- “What More Might the Lord Give Us?”
- “Revisions in the 2013 LDS Edition of the King James Bible”
- “Finding Doctrine and Meaning in Book of Mormon Isaiah”
- “Teaching with the 2013 Edition of the Doctrine and Covenants”
These articles were written by Church leaders, researchers, and religious educators at both the secondary school and university level.
For the final issue of 2013, I provided copyediting and fact-checking. I did an especially thorough fact-check for “Come Follow Me: Learning Resources for Youth,” and I edited the transcript for “Start with Faith: A Conversation with Elder Steven E. Snow,” based on the recording.
Other pieces I worked on include:
- “Cheer Up Your Hearts”: Jacob’s Message of Hope in Christ”
- “What Has Moroni to Do with John?”
- “The Silent Lesson”
- “Revelation on the Priesthood, Thirty-Five Years Later”
While I worked on this issue, I learned more about the submissions process, standards for academic publication, and the tension between trying to publish both highly academic work and highly practical articles.
For the second issue of 2013, I provided copyediting for articles and interviews, many of which were written by professors at Brigham Young University. Pieces I worked on include:
- “What’s on the Other Side? A Conversation with Brent L. Top on the Spirit World”
- “The Confusing Case of Zacharias”
- “Reconciling Joseph Smith—History 1:10 and 1:18–19”
These articles drew on historical sources to clarify teaching for youth and dispel common religious myths.