Current Student Spotlight: Deanna Gonzalez

Deanna Gonzalez is a current student in the BA in WRD program. Here, she shares her experiences as an intern at the software company kCura. Give us a brief summary of your internship. I am a technical writer at a software company called kCura. I work on a team of eight writers documenting how to use the company’s product, Relativity, a widely used legal software. I’ve had opportunities to create written content and also explore other areas of technical writing, like web design. As a WRD major with an IT minor, I appreciate how this internship has allowed me to

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Alumni Spotlight: Ted Daisher

Over the summer, we spoke with Ted Daisher, a 2015 graduate of DePaul’s BA in WRD program. While at DePaul, he worked as a Peer Writing Tutor and Head Writing Fellow at the University Center for Writing-based Learning. Soon, he will be heading to China to teach English at Huaqiao University. What have you been doing since you earned your degree? Since graduating, I’ve had an internship with a publisher and done a bit of freelance book editing. At the beginning of September, I’ll be heading over to Quanzhou, a city on the southeast coast of China, to teach English

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Intern Beat: Russell Wojcik, BA in WRD

We recently spoke with Russell Wojcik, a 2014 BA in WRD graduate who participated in two internships during his time at DePaul. He worked as an editorial intern at Wagstaff Worldwide PR and as a blog writer for Newman Realty, receiving  academic credit for both through his enrollment in WRD 398, part of WRD’s professional internship program. Since graduation, Russell has relocated to Phoenix and now works for an online travel company as a Content Strategist and PR Coordinator, a position that he says uses many of the skills he developed and honed as an intern. In addition, he continues to do freelance work for both

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2014 Best Undergraduate Essay

Best Undergraduate Essay At Night by Allison Guntz I heard once that Jewish mythology supposes the universe is an ocean. The sky is full of tiny holes, and that is where the light of the stars glows through, or the rain leaks in. They say the sky is protecting us, keeping that vast universe outside. It is like armor, or a ball, or the great cosmic shell to the egg that is our Earth.

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Fourth Annual Student Project Award Winners

2014 Award Winners UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS Best Undergraduate Essay Allison Guntz Best Project in Professional and Technical Writing Allison Guntz MA IN WRD AWARDS Best Project in Professional and Technical Writing Jeffrey Melichar, Arielle Lockett, Brendan Bergen, & Matt D’Agostino Best Project in Teaching Writing and Language Bridget Wagner Best Project in Rhetoric and Discourse Molly Rentscher MA IN NMS AWARDS Best Interactive Media Design Hilary Conlisk Best New Media Content Jill Ochawa GRADUATE TESOL AWARD Best Project in TESOL Lauren Martyn Visit our Facebook page for more photos from the WRD Awards Party, held Friday, June 6, 2014, at Cortelyou

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DePaul Students Published in The New York Times

Three students, enrolled in winter quarter WRD 104 sections taught by WRD instructor Justin Staley, recently had their letters to the editor published in The New York Times. Staley includes writing a letter to the editor as an assignment for his WRD 104 courses. Emily Mosher  and Cecilia Metzdorff  both responded to Daniel Jones’s article “Romance at Arm’s Length”, which examines the evolution of online relationships. Mosher is a freshman at DePaul majoring in Psychology. Metzdorff is also a freshman majoring in business.

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Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Samardzich

Aaron Samardzich graduated from DePaul in 2010 with a BA in English and minors in Interactive Media and Professional Writing. WRD’s Professional Writing minor allows students in any major to take courses in writing, editing, style, rhetoric, and more to prepare for writing in a range of professional settings. In May 2012, Aaron also earned an MS in Technical Communication and Information Design from Illinois Institute of Technology. Since June 2009, Aaron has been working as a technical writing contractor for Thomson Reuters in Chicago.

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Moore’s Students Published in New York Times

In the winter and spring quarters of 2012, First-Year Writing students Maddie Jones and David Kummerer published their course assignments in the New York Times. As part of instructor Michael Moore’s WRD 104 class, students must write letters to the editor to learn how to write content for a non-academic audience—an audience Moore says consists of “smart, educated, skeptical, engaged readers.” Moore uses the Times’ own submission rules as the rubric for the assignment. These rules suggest submitters “write quickly, concisely and engagingly” and “respond in a timely way to a contemporary topic.”

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