Each semester, students in J481: Creating an Indiana Magazine produce an issue, supplying all of the reporting, editing, photography and design. “One of my goals is to make it as close as possible to what it might be like to work for a small regional magazine,” explains Nancy Comiskey, course instructor. “My second goal is that when they leave the class, they have a wonderful magazine clip that can be a real highlight for their portfolio.”
Students also oversee publication of print copies, which are distributed throughout Southern Indiana. “If you just talked about [creating a magazine] in a class, as opposed to actually sitting down and doing everything, I know I wouldn’t have learned half as much,” says junior Hannah Feace, who served as the spring 2015 editor-in-chief.