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Diary of a guest editor

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By Mel CampbellGuest editor and Year 6 teacher

Discover how the 2008 Junior Ed PLUS Guest Editor got on when she swapped the classroom for the press room…

My guest editor journey began with no preconceptions, other than the fact that I was going to have a once-in-a-lifetime, knock-your-socks-off experience. I don’t think anybody can really comprehend just how much being an editor involves until you have experienced it first hand. So, I arrived at the Scholastic offices with an open mind, ready for it to be filled with Junior Ed PLUS delights. But, I really had no idea as to what lay in store for me within the walls of Villiers House…

Day 1: Welcome to the world of publishing

I was not to be disappointed. From beginning to end, I was shown the very best in kindness and hospitality, from a beautiful catered lunch on the first day, through to being wined and dined at a classy restaurant in the evening.

Much of the first day was spent investigating how the Scholastic magazines are put together – from mapping out pages for articles to commissioning writers and artists, colour schemes, advertising and printing schedules. While my brain was totally bombarded by the end of the day, it certainly made me appreciate how much teamwork, preparation and hard graft is put in to each and every issue.

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