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Get Some Instruction from Jacqueline Kovacs

Apr 15, 2014

As a freelance editor and writer with more than 20 years of experience, Jacqueline Kovacs has worked for publications such as Chatelaine, GlowThe Hockey News and Canadian Gardening, among many others. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Professionally Speaking, the magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers, and spent the majority of her career at Today’s Parent. Her work history also includes Masthead and Vista magazines.

This summer, Kovacs is teaching a 7-week, hands-on course on magazine editing and writing at Ryerson University's Chang School of Continuing Education. The class, Advanced Magazine Editing, is part of the Magazine and Web Publishing certificate, but can also be taken on its own. Here, students will learn about writing and editing articles that will capture their reader's attention from beginning to end. Students will also learn about the process of acquiring manuscripts and modifying them for specific readerships, working with writers and other editors to form excellent articles, and many other useful skills.

Kovacs is also bringing her expertise in the editorial field to MagNet 2014 as a panellist for ED1: Would These Editors Hire You? and as a moderator for ED4: Nice Package! How to Create an Award-Winning Editorial Mix. Being an excellent editor isn't the only thing you need to land the job. ED1 will focus on the hiring process from the perspective of an editor, highlighting what it is they look for during an interview, and in your resume and cover letters. With this session, the audience can expect to learn how to go about showcasing their skills and their personality and how to better answer questions thrown their way during an interview.

With ED4, attendees will get the best advice for how to nail the perfect combination of features, sidebars, illustrations and photos (among other packaging items) from award-nominated and award-winning panelists. Expect to learn about conceiving, designing, assigning and refining these magazine features.

The 7-week Ryerson course that Kovacs teaches is beneficial for both writers and editors, new and seasoned. To learn more, visit Ryerson's program page.

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