Jessica Mack accepted the role and responsibility as the co-editor for The Blazer, the Joliet
Junior College student newspaper, in the fall of 2018 despite having only one short semester of
experience with the publication. She did not disappoint.
Despite her limited previous experience, she took on that responsibility without hesitation when I
asked her to serve. We needed someone, and she stepped up to the challenge. She dived into the
work in the summer of 2018, spending a great deal of time preparing the newspaper for the
beginning of the fall session.
As co-editor in the fall of 2018, she led the newspaper to its second straight Best of Show award
in the Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA) contest sponsored by Eastern
Illinois University. In the spring of 2019, she personally took home several individual awards as
the newspaper gathered in about a dozen individual and staff awards in the annual ICCJA spring
Although she had some help during the summer of 2018 prepping the newspaper and putting
together a staff, she quickly became the true editor of the newspaper as her co-editor was forced
to take on other responsibilities outside the publication. As the leader of the newspaper, she was
also forced to take on the role of ad director when the ad director quit suddenly at mid-year.
During all of this time, she also served as the lead writer for the award-winning publication and
led a novice group to one of the newspaper’s best years in the 22 that I have advised it.
Jessica is mature, smart, and serious about her work and her future. I have had the pleasure and
privilege to work with many great student editors during my career at JJC and in my previous
position as adjunct professor and newspaper adviser at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, and
Jessica stands among the best of them.
I look forward to following her career in the coming years because I know she will be successful
in whatever path she takes. As her former adviser and instructor, I will take great pleasure in
watching her succeed.
Robert. A. (Bob) Marcink, PhD (R.A.M), The Working Class in America Film, Joliet Junior
College, Professor/Adviser to the JJC Blazer, receiver of the 2019 Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame
I first encountered Jessica Mack in October 2019. My first editor had done a decent job editing my automotive industry expose’ but it still wasn’t where I wanted it. Problem: I was out of money.
I spotted Jessica‘s ad on FB saying she was willing to edit 1 or 2 books free of charge to get her name out there.
I messaged her with a challenge: I’m not a writer by trade and my 191,00 word 'expose needs to be scrubbed and polished. After three months,
Jessica had taken the somewhat crude writings of this auto mechanic and made it into an enjoyable read.
However, there was another problem: at 191,000 we both agreed it was way too long for the average reader. She suggested it be compressed. I couldn’t see doing that because I had A LOT to say.
We both agreed to make my book into a series, and with skill far beyond her years carved my 191,000 words into 4 books.
Please check out Jessica Mack at JemEdits. You won’t be sorry.
Shepperd November, author of All in a DAZE work: The decline and fall of the American work ethic
Jessica polished my old, outdated resume and turned it into something new and amazing. The turnaround was fast and she was very professional. She’s done a great job and I really recommend her.
Surmeet Gill, Operations Manager at Baaj Security Force
Highly recommend Jess’s work! She is an amazing writer and is a hard worker. She has helped me tremendously with my papers by giving me pointers of what I need to improve on throughout my essays. In all my essays that she has proofread and edited, I have received A’s. Thank you Jess for your dedication.
Jessica Ramirez, student at Joliet Junior College