May 2017 marks the publication of the seventeenth edition of ReVisions, an annual magazine that represents cross-disciplinary student involvement at its best. The publication not only showcases the best nonfiction writing by UNCP students in many fields of study, it also provides a vehicle for other students to hone the real-world skills they have learned in Sara Oswald’s PRE 3450 class, Computer-Assisted Editing and Publication Design.
Each year, students in this class serve as the production staff for the magazine, working with a template that was created by the students in 2001 and has been revised by students in later years to reflect changes in technology and current trends in magazine design. Students work collaboratively to select the photograph for the title page and create complementary spot colors for use in that issue. Each student then works with the layout and typography of specific essay. Once the first draft has been reviewed by editor Teagan Decker, students make changes as needed and create hyperlinks before the final version is sent to printing and released on the web.
Working on this publication at the end of the course allows each student to “apply everything...learned in class this semester,” said Terry Moore, one of the students who worked on the 2017 edition; his sentiments were echoed by classmates Amber Lawrence and Brandon Tester. Each year, some essays present particular challenges, especially those that incorporate multiple images in addition to text. Ashley Self, who worked with Tre Smith’s essay on Davina Buff Jones, commented that “it was a challenge to work out all of the problems with the essay format, but I enjoyed creating it." And Lauren Edwards, who worked with Anisha McDowell’s essay, said that her work on ReVisions “helped me learn that... in the real world sometimes things won’t go as easy as the lessons in the book. By working on this publication I was able to learn how to overcome obstacles”; Edwards added that the experience helped her as she created her own final project for the course.