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Debbie Clark

Debbie Clark's dream job would be to edit books for a publishing house. Debbie Clark's dream job would be to edit books for a publishing house.

'Interesting stories about interesting people'

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Minor: English
Journalism aspiration: Editing and writing compelling stories

     While many of her peers dream of seeing their name in print or their face on primetime news, Debbie Clark prefers to work behind the scenes. Whether that’s copy editing stories for the web, designing pages or calling camera cues for a broadcast, Clark wants to be sure that the content she publishes is as good as it can be.

     Clark worked her way through the copy desk ranks to copy desk chief at The Daily Gamecock at the University of South Carolina. She started as a copy editor in her first semester of her freshman year, and as the paper’s managing editor she hopes to increase the focus on people and storytelling her senior year.

     While her roots are in editing, Clark is just as capable finding and producing her own content. She has been published in Columbia’s The Free Times and The Post and Courier, Charleston’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning daily paper. Her passion is arts and culture features, and she continues to review books for The Post and Courier even after finishing her internship there this summer.

     “What keeps me interested in journalism is its focus on storytelling,” Clark said. “As a reporter, I hope to tell interesting stories about interesting people, and as a copy editor, I hope to make those stories as accurate as possible.”

     In addition to her journalism and English classes, Clark has marched with USC’s Carolina Band for four years and has played the clarinet for going on 11 years. This background in music and literature give an edge to her stories and reviews.

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