Editorial Assistant, Editor & Journalist
Sophia Lyons (they/them) is an editor and journalist specializing in nonfiction, academic work, equitable language and AP style. They hold a bachelor of science in communication, journalism from Appalachian State University with departmental honors and a minor in philosophy.
Their main role is currently editorial assistant for nonfiction and academic publisher McFarland, which entails in-house editing, proofreading, cleaning up notes and bibliographies, straightening out indexes, and corresponding with authors about titles, deadlines, and other questions. Additionally, in this role Sophia has worked on books including, but not limited to: American military history, health topics and disability, memoirs, travelogues, scholarly volumes, edited collections, and general nonfiction.
While enrolled at App State, Sophia was 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 was 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 business.