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My ‘Editing’ Experience


IMG_2865This blog has been contributed by 13-year old Pulari M Baskar from Chennai, who was the Student Editor of the March-April 2015 issue of ParentEdge.

Hello fellow earthlings! And our extra- terrestrial friends as well. Today, I’m here to tell you about my experience as a student editor for the ParentEdge magazine.  I worked on about five major articles and a few other secondary ones. I started work on my first article in the month of September (2014) and finished up my last article mid-January this year. The term “student-editor” can be very misleading. We all think of an editor as a person who sits and looks at work done by others and then writes a few comments, changes a few things and asks them to revise certain aspects of the piece. So, that is what I thought I was going to be asked to do.

But no, that didn’t happen. I was supposed to write the articles and then send it them in for editing. Not do the editing of articles myself. The writing of articles involved me doing research on the internet, reading books as well as interviewing professionals and parents. Each article would take a week or two and my editor would send me a brief for the next article as soon as I finished one.

I did have a tight schedule. With exams and tests happening, and my other classes, it seemed as if I would never find time to finish an article. Surprisingly enough, I did. And for that, I think I should give credit to my mother, as well as Ramya Gopalakrishnan (aunty) AKA, my editor.

Though I had so much writing to do, and she had so much editing to do, we still found time to talk about life and things happening. We formed a strong bond (though I have never met her in person) and it was great working with her. Overall, my experience with ParentEdge was great. I learnt a lot, and I mean a LOT, while working on the articles and it gave me a sneak-peek into the world of writing. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if offered the opportunity again, I would accept without batting an eyelid.

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ParentEdge is a bi-monthly magazine for discerning Indian parents who would like to actively contribute to their children’s education, intellectual enrichment and stimulation. The magazine’s premise is that learning is a continuous process, and needs to happen both in and outside of school; thus parents have an important role to play in shaping their children’s interests and intellect.


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