Rebecca Smith Hurd
Rebecca Smith Hurd is a word nerd whose journalism career spans nearly 25 years. Her experience includes a six-year stint as assistant managing editor of Wired, which during her tenure won a National Magazine Award for general excellence and was recently named Magazine of the Decade by Adweek.
For the past five years, she's maintained a successful freelance business as an editor, writer, and communications consultant. Her clients include print and online media organizations, nonprofit groups, and design consultancies. Rebecca specializes in delivering clear, concise, and compelling copy on deadline, and she enjoys teaching others to do the same. She holds a bachelor's degree in news reporting and editing from San Jose State University.
Rebecca's material was fresh, the assignments interesting, and she was a fun, dynamic, informative speaker. My experience has made me eager to sign up for other classes with mediabistro. -- Trina Enriquez, copy editor, Sunset Magazine
"Rebecca provides valuable information about copy editing and hilarious anecdotes from the publishing world. Her teaching style engages, informs, and entertains." -- Evan James
"I highly recommend Rebecca. She designed a thorough and challenging curriculum and taught it with wit and warmth. She was highly accessible and always on point." -- Corey Williams
"Rebecca has a vast expanse of knowledge and is more than happy to let students pick her brain while challenging them to improve." -- Lindsay Sandor
"Rebecca covered everything from style, to rules of grammar and punctuation, to how to get the job. I definitely recommend this class." -- McKenzie Granata
"Rebecca offers an information-packed, professional course. Her communications were succinct and to-the-point and her edits useful." -- Phyllis Gold
"Rebecca made both the novice and experienced student feel equally capable and always offered helpful advice and encouragement. Definitely a class act!" -- L. Talbot
"Rebecca was attentive, knowledgeable, and provided great feedback. She leveraged her real-life experience to construct meaningful lessons." -- John Ball
"Thank you so much Rebecca for your sharp eye and gentle approach. You've really given me a new way of thinking about editing and writing." -- Leah Hagan
"Rebecca was an excellent instructor. She made the coursework interesting and informative. Her attitude was always cordial and inviting. I look forward to taking more courses from mediabistro." -- Robert Wassom