THE PUBLISHING PROCESS

DESCRIPTION:
Scribendi is a high quality publication of art and literature, sponsored by the Western Regional Honors Council and UNM’s Honors College (HC). Produced completely by HC students, Scribendi publishes creative work by undergraduate honors students in more than 200 western colleges and universities. This first half of our yearlong process is designed to train students who have committed themselves to the immensely rewarding experience of producing our publication. Functioning largely as an educational internship in small publication production, this course provides hands-on experience in proofreading, copyediting, typography, magazine design and layout, professional desktop publishing software, fundraising, marketing and distribution, as well as small press management. Students should understand this is a two-semester commitment, spanning both fall and spring semesters.
The Scribendi experience differs from the usual academic class in its focus on active learning accomplished by rigorous discussion, lots of individual practice, and professional behavior and teamwork. This course is an environment in which learning takes place alongside professional tasks that must be accomplished to meet deadlines. Those enrolled in the class are both students and staff members. Staff members who work hard to meet these responsibilities in a conscientious, serious, and creative manner will gain marketable skills and enjoy an extremely rewarding educational experience.

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
• Analyze, critically interpret, and evaluate creative nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, photography, visual art, foreign language (with translation), and open media submissions;
• Construct persuasive arguments regarding graphic design, submission assessment, and small business management, increasing written and spoken proficiency as characterized by original and insightful theses supported by logically integrated and sound subordinate ideas, appropriate and pertinent evidence, and good sentence structure, diction, grammar, punctuation, and spelling;
• Demonstrate knowledge that integrates methods and/or skills used in copyediting, graphic design, desktop publishing, event planning, marketing, and organizational applications;
• Enhance abilities to work collaboratively in teams to accomplish professional and educational tasks and solve problems;
• Learn and apply professional techniques and behaviors for working effectively in small press production.

TEXTS (to be used for both Fall and Spring semesters):
InDesign CS6 Essential Training at unm.lynda.com (free online to UNM students)
Scribendi Staff Website
K. D. Sullivan and Merilee Eggleston, The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders
Denise Bosler, Mastering Type
Bill Walsh, The Elephants of Style
Robin Williams, The Non-Designer’s InDesign Book (optional)

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THE MAKING OF A MAGAZINE

DESCRIPTION:
Scribendi is an annual undergraduate honors publication affiliated with the Western Regional Honors Council as well as Honors College. Produced at UNM by a staff of Honors College stu-dents, Scribendi publishes work submitted by Honors students from more than 220 colleges and universities in the 14-state western region of the U.S. In the spring semester of our year-long pro-cess, students put into practice the graphic design, copyediting, desktop publishing, and submis-sion assessment skills they learned in the fall semester to perform the entire process of creating the next issue of our high-quality literature and art magazine. To accomplish this, they perform all editorial, design, typesetting, promotional, and operations management functions necessary to create a successful magazine. By the end of the year, student staff members gain practical, marketable skills in the art and process of small press publication. Producing Scribendi is a highly rewarding effort that begins in the fall and culminates with this course. Permission to enroll is required.
This semester, we will put into practice the professional skills you learned last semester. Instead of focusing on individual skills-building exercises, this semester your work will focus on how successful you are at being a productive, active and responsible part of the process to produce Scribendi 2013 and provide for the future of our magazine. Because your grade this semester will be earned for what you accomplish in cooperation with other staff members to produce our magazine and ensure its future, you will turn in only a few formal assignments. Completing assigned work to the best of your ability, meeting all deadlines efficiently, and communicating clearly with editorial staff about your assigned work will form the majority of your grade for this course. As a result, newly revised Work Reports will count substantially more toward your grade this semester than last semester. Those of you who work hard to meet the needs of our publication process in conscientious, serious, creative, and professional manners will earn high grades for the course.

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Analyze, critically interpret, and evaluate creative nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, photography, visual art, digital art, foreign language (with translation), and open media submissions;
  • Construct persuasive arguments regarding graphic design, submission assessment, and small business management, increasing written and spoken proficiency as characterized by original and insightful theses supported by logically integrated and sound subordinate ideas, appropriate and pertinent evidence, and good sentence structure, diction, grammar, punctuation, and spelling;
  • Demonstrate knowledge that integrates methods and/or skills used in copyediting, graphic design, desktop publishing, event planning, marketing, and organizational applications;
  • Enhance abilities to work collaboratively in teams to accomplish professional and educational tasks and solve problems;
  • Work with current press and small business technology, including InDesign, Dropbox, Google Sites;
  • Develop strong skills in copyediting, graphic design, event planning, small business operations;
  • Learn and apply professional techniques and behaviors for working effectively in small press production.

TEXTS: Same as Fall.