Spring Preview: Unscripted

The first couple of weeks as one of The Scene Department editors at Vox Magazine have gone by in a blur. And when I say blur, I really do mean blur.

Every week is filled with pitching, fact-checking, writing calendar events, editing, racking my brain for grammar rules and on and on.

This past week I was in charge of editing the 11-page Spring Preview spread of Vox Magazine. Within the 11 pages were over 100 different events, six highlight blurbs and tons of illustrations. With all that copy, there needed to be some meticulous editing and attention to detail to make sure that every event was correct.

After scoring through galley after galley of this 11-page feature in the span of three days for more than 20 hours, I can honestly say I have never been so happy to see something go to press. No longer am I confused on the proper uses of en dashes, how to correctly list dates and how to follow AP Style rules for titles of different events. This should come as no surprise after having to correct over 100 events to make sure that they all read similarly and followed the same rules. While some people might look at all the micro editing involved to get this issue out as repetitive, it makes a difference.

Most readers who picked up the issue will not fully understand the writers, editors, designers, photographers, sources and TA’s that worked hours to get this issue out. Most won’t understand how long it took to come up with a list of good events that will fill their spring with a variety of concerts, plays, musicals, sporting events and so on that they should go to. Most won’t know about InDesign crashing at 11 p.m. on Tuesday night or the last minute mistakes we found seconds before all the pages were sent off to the printer Wednesday morning.

Most readers won’t know about this, but that’s what is important. They pick up this issue of Vox Magazine and see a well-organized grouping of events that almost look effortless. Hopefully, they will see something that they want to save all season long because they think that we (Vox Magazine staff) have provided them with something that they don’t want to lose.

What I am learning my first couple of weeks as a print editor is that readers will never fully understand what it takes to put out an issue. The goal is for them to see something that reads so seamless that before they know it, they are reading the last sentence on the final page.

To view the feature online, click here.

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