Editor & Journalist
Sophia Lyons (she/they) is an editor specializing in nonfiction, equitable language and AP style. She holds a bachelor of science in communication, journalism from Appalachian State University, with departmental honors, and a minor in philosophy.
Sophia is chief copy editor at The Appalachian, award-winning student-run news organization and North Carolina College Media Association’s “Best in Show” 2021 for both print and online editions, leading a team of editors and directing content editing. Sophia is also news director at 90.5 WASU-FM, award-winning student-run radio station, leading and training news team members to script, record and produce daily news breaks. They also worked as a writing consultant at the App State University Writing Center, collaborating with writers as an experienced peer on anything from pieces of a thesis, to professional documents, to papers from numerous disciplines across the university (regularly including nursing, communication, English, political science, criminal justice and sustainable development).
Sophia also covered ACES 2021 Online after being selected to join the student newsroom, writing overview and teaser articles to be viewed by the top editors in the industry.
Together, these experiences frame an editing philosophy focused on bias-free language, guiding writers in their processes, and improving clarity and accessibility over conciseness. Currently, Sophia mostly works with nonfiction and textbooks. Sophia’s favorite freelance topics to edit include sexuality, social justice, arts, food and professional documents.