The Pick gives writing opportunities to students

Students pursuing a publishing studies minor are encouraged to join the editorial staff of The Pick, Southeastern’s annual publication of academic essays.

unnamed-1Emily Elgin, editor-in-chief  of volume 48 of The Pick, said she is looking for a marketing and promotional manager in addition to an editorial board of  five people.

“The marketing and promotional manager will be in charge of social media. I want The Pick to have a good presence on Facebook,” Elgin said. “The editorial board will mainly help copy edit submissions.”

According to Elgin, students interested in a position should be enrolled in or plan to receive a minor in publishing studies, an interdisciplinary program focusing on digital, print editing and production.

In addition to filling an editorial board, Elgin creates fliers and communicates with professors to reach out to student authors.

“Submissions are accepted year-round from any major,” Elgin said. “We will take research-based papers and memoirs, however, we require a professor’s signature to show it was written for a class.”

Elgin is currently advertising The Pick in upper-level classes.

“Most submissions come from English 101 and 102 because teachers push it the most in those classes,” she said. “I would like to get a variety of work from undergraduate and graduate students.”

She said there is no limit on the length of a submission, but there is a set amount of space available in publications, which typically range from 85 to 150 pages.

“It’s a great resume-building experience, and it helps you build on your confidence as a writer as well,” Elgin said.

Faculty adviser David Rodriguez said students will benefit from being part of The Pick, whether they take on the role of an author or editor.

“Every student, no matter what they study and where they go in life, can benefit from having a publication on their resume,” he said. “Likewise, there is so much to be gained from working on The Pick. The skills and experience obtained are translatable to an enormous variety of jobs.”

According to Rodriguez, The Pick was established in 1939 and was originally known as The Pick of the Patch in honor of the local strawberry industry.

Rodriguez said the political atmosimg_0200phere surrounding the tipping point of World War II left a generation of students in a world dearly needing their intelligence and creativity.

“It was a momentous time for our students,” Rodriguez said. “In no small part because of D. Vickers’ enthusiasm and determination, the students got their opportunity to make their voices heard.”

Rodriguez, who became involved with The Pick in fall 2014, said he is pleased to see students across all majors continue to produce invigorating and relevant writing.

“It’s an immense source of personal pride for me, and I would hope it continues to be a source of pride for the community at large,” he said.

The Pick has faced its fair share of problems throughout its 77 year history. According to Elgin, it was temporarily suspended in the 1980s before being re-established in 1987.

She said the publication is currently four issues behind, but publishing combined editions will allow The Pick to be back on schedule as early as next semester.

“I think it’s the snowball effect,” said Managing Editor Aimee Harris. “Editors have so many other projects going on, the schedule ends up being pushed back each semester.”

Rodriguez assists Elgin with managing her role as editor-in-chief by setting a schedule.

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