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Skye McEowen

Nautilus
Delaware, OH | Kent State University

   Working at Nautilus, I feel like I’m submerged in a constant tank of ideas and philosophy—though I’m with a science magazine. It’s always about “What’s the next angle we can look at this from?”, or “What’s a surprising scientific angle on this?” which at first it seemed impossible, until I started pitching the same ideas and questions to my school newspaper editor.

   As an editorial intern, I worked primarily in the editorial department, where my responsibilities fell within the realms of blog-writing and fact-checking. Depending on whether or not we were on the verge on sending a print issue, the more relaxed days consisted of me looking for blog ideas, finding sources, and really playing around with the prose of the draft. When we were sending issues, my day was more me frantically combing through scientific journals and transcripts to make sure which oceanic vents would be too hot to directly support life. Going through the internship, I wish I had been more warned about the importance of multitasking, since that was one of my most difficult adjustments to make.

   Overall, with such a small staff, I’ve really grown some fond memories of the people here, and was instantly welcomed by everyone in the office. Not only am I forming professional relationships with the top editors, but am also forming friendships with the other writers and interns here. I’ve gone out with them and had some of the most enjoyable nights of my time in the city. The only downside I can think about was the difficulty in multitasking when we were sending out an issue, staying on top of my blogs while making sure print stories were correct. Even that in time dissipates as you adjust.

    Coming from a newspaper background, I was surprised to learn how similar they operate alongside magazines. While magazines tend to work at a slower, more in-depth pace, they still follow the same general workflow of a newspaper. 

Skye is a magazine journalism major at Kent State University. If she’s not in the newsroom for The Kent Stater, she’s either drinking coffee, missing her four dogs from home or watching 30 Rock.

    I’ve learned I wasn’t completely unfortunate in that sense to enter from two years of newswriting. The world was an easier entrance than I anticipated. Also, I’m learning you can just go crazy with it. Have an idea that consists of Mars colonization and democracy engineering? Go wild, turns out to be a great story. From the lunches I’ve attended, the most helpful advice was to definitely form those professional relationships and even friendships. Get coffee, talk about your progress. I’ve used that at Nautilus to connect with other writers and editors, and has really helped me overcome my anxiety with talking with people. In this industry, it’s really true that you need these connections. I never expected working here to not only grow professionally, but intellectually. You’re going to be discussing science and philosophy and everything under the sun with great thinkers. You’re going to feel like you have no idea what you’re talking about or what you’re even feverishly pitching; you’re going to love it.