Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Interdisciplinary Online Journal Publishing Practicum

Instructor: Ashley Hudson

Interdisciplinary Online Journal Publishing Practicum operates in unison with Spring Palaver Publishing Practicum. Online and main campus practicum students will collaborate to publish the Spring 2017 issue of Palaver. This class is restricted to extension and UNC Online students only. UNCW main campus students should not enroll in this class, but can register for GLS 592-001 Spring Palaver Publishing Practicum.

The course is a hybrid synchronous online course. Students enrolled in Interdisciplinary Online Journal Publishing Practicum will be required to participate in Palaver course meetings online Wednesdays from 6:30-9:15 p.m. Further instructions will be provided regarding the specifics of attendance.

This is a practical course in the publication of the student-run, online, national interdisciplinary journal Palaver, housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies program. The coursework will consist of reading submissions and becoming part of an editorial team that will put out an issue of the journal. The course will immerse students in all aspects of running an online interdisciplinary journal, including editorial decisions, web design, as well as copy editing and publicity. We end the semester with the publication of an issue of Palaver and a release party. Everyone will be responsible for reading and commenting on a number of submissions by deadline, contributing to ongoing practical tasks, and participating in a group with a specific focus (to be determined by your interests and the journal's needs). We will look to other journals, both academic and literary, online and print, to inform our exploration and execution of journal publication. Weekly assessments include completion of practical tasks, reading and commenting on submissions according to deadlines, and occasional exercises in topics of writing, publication, and copy editing. Major assignments are based on collective and group objectives and may include oral presentations and written assessments. GLS students may repeat the course twice for up to 6 hours of credit.

Required Texts:

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th edition) ISBN: 9781603292627 (paperback)
  • The Copyeditor's Handbook (3rd Edition), edited by Amy Einsohn ISBN: 978-0-520-27156-2 (paperback)

Other Required Materials:

  • Access to reliable Internet service
  • Reliable computer access
  • Flash drive

Last Update: June 10, 2016