As a senior journalism student at Drake University, I participated in a one-semester capstone project in which we—19 upper-class students and a faculty advisor—created a publication from scratch. The result was Think Mag, an award-winning online news magazine and tablet produced for Midwesterners by Midwesterners. During that semester, I served as the Think Mag editor-in-chief. I learned to develop a brand, manage a staff, maintain a website, promote a product and edit. I did lots and lots of editing.
While most of my time was spent managing the staff, I did contribute my own work to the Think Mag website. I wrote a weekly column called "Wiki Wednesday," delving into interesting Wikipedia articles relevant to the Midwest. I also created aggregated content when needed—about a Chicago artist and, later, about the Wisconsin Film Festival—and designed various infographics, images and tablet layouts.