Dianne Smith, selected as a senior at the University of Kansas, earned high praise comes from Russell Gray, managing editor of The Kansas City Business Journal, where Smith interned in 2007. “The highest compliment I can pay Dianne Smith about her commitment to professional copy editing is that I would hire her tomorrow if I could.” Gray’s letter of recommendation said Smith, a senior at the University of Kansas, was the paper’s first copy editing intern and did a brilliant job.
Smith’s application showed her enthusiasm and dedication to copy editing. She is copy chief at her college paper, and in her essay, said she encourages “my copy editors to talk to the reporters as much as possible because that is the best way to get things done.”
Smith also interned during winter break at her local paper, The Kansas City Star, for credit. Amanda Wilkins, news copy chief of The Star, called Smith sharp, easy to work with and impressive.