This January, in the midst of creating the fourth edition of Hot Dish Magazine, our editors sat down with former editor Tanner Jensen. Tanner had assisted in creating Hot Dish Magazine’s earlier editions, particularly playing a hand in the third issue. Now, however, Tanner attends graduate school in the city of Boston. He is working to get his Masters in publishing and writing at Emerson University. In addition to graduate school, Tanner is also working as a paid intern for a remote internship where his bosses live not only in the United States but also internationally.
Tanner was generous enough to take time in his busy schedule to talk to the current Editors of Hot Dish and discuss how he got involved and learned from his time working on the magazine. Tanner was quick to say how the real-world application of Hot Dish has helped him with a multitude of class assignments and his internship so far. Furthermore, he commented on how Buena Vista University’s Digital Media program had also assisted him and furthered his ability going into graduate school. Tanner recalled in one of his classes that they had to work with a new program and almost none of the other students knew how to work it. But thanks to his time in Digital Media at BVU, he understood the software quickly.
Some advice Tanner left for the Hot Dish crew included keeping focused on what is ahead of the team in the editorial process and being sure to remember that we are working with high school students. Due to the fact we do work with high schoolers, the editors had to make sure they not only understood the editorial process, but that the students were continuously given support for their work and as writers who have had the courage to submit their work for possible publication.
Tanner left us with one last piece of advice before getting back to work by saying, “I hate cities.” We expect to see Tanner back in the small-town Midwest soon after graduation.