Magazine Editor Chosen 2017 Professional-In-Residence by Emory Saia

Each year ECU’s School of Communication, in partnership with the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, provides hundreds of regional high school journalism and yearbook students the opportunity to learn news skills with area journalists and faculty. More than 15 separate sessions cover topics from yearbook design to the latest trends in social media for journalists.

This year’s event will take place on Thursday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on ECU’s campus.

 Joanna Citrinbaum Zerlin, whose magazine career has included desk editing positions with Redbook, Teen Vogue and Inside TV, has been chosen as ECU’s 2017 Professional-In-Residence.

The two-day program, a joint venture of the ECU School of Communication and ECU Student Media, includes visits to journalism classes and a workshop with staff members from Student Media.

In addition, Zerlin will be the keynote speaker for the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association Workshop hosted by the School of Communication on October 12. The workshop will attract high school journalists from across the region.

The Professional-In-Residence Program began in 2014 with Chris Korman, senior editor at USA Today. Sara Ganim was honored in 2015 as a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter for CNN.

As Mary Tucker-McLaughlin, Ph.D. is the coordinator of the high school workshop, Student Media Director John Harvey oversees the Professional-In-Residence Program.

While interacting with journalism students from the School of Communication, Zerlin will meet with members of The Hook magazine, a general interest publications issued once a semester by ECU students.

“Joanna’s experience in the magazine industry, including editing and fact-checking, as well as her roots in student journalism, make her a particularly relevant guest this year,” Harvey said.

Zerlin graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2005 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism (cum laude) and women’s studies. During her time at Penn State, she worked as a reporter and a copy editor at The Daily Collegian, the school’s student-run newspaper where Harvey served as adviser. In her senior year, she also served as the editorial intern at Cosmopolitan.

After graduation, Zerlin participated in a two-week copyediting residency at the University of Central Florida in preparation for her Dow Jones Newspaper Fund internship that summer at The Palm Beach Post.

Zerlin started her magazine career in September of 2005 as a freelance copy editor at Inside TV (produced by TV Guide), eventually landing a job as copy editor at Redbook. Three years later, then a senior copy editor, she left that publication for nycgo.com, New York City’s official tourism and marketing website. She started out as a freelance copy editor, then served as copy editor and later senior copy editor, and copyedited and fact-checked content for the Webby Award–winning site for four-and-a-half years. She went back to the magazine industry to be copy chief at Teen Vogue, a position she held for three years.

After returning to work from maternity leave, Zerlin decided to become a freelance copy editor. Since then, she’s done freelance copyediting for Teen Vogue and freelance copyediting and fact-checking for nycgo.com. Currently, Zerlin is a part-time freelance copy editor for thezoereport.com, Rachel Zoe’s fashion, beauty, and lifestyle website. Zerlin lives in Northport, New York, with her husband, Adam, and their 1-year-old daughter, Chloe.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Mary Tucker-McLaughlin tuckermclaughlinm@ecu.edu, undergraduate coordinator for the ECU School of Communication.